SD police officer injured in Alpine crash: Student driver collides with officer's motorcycle

Officer was off-duty at time of crash

ALPINE, Calif. - A San Diego police officer was recovering in a hospital Monday from severe injuries, including the partial loss of a leg, he suffered in an off-duty weekend motorcycle crash on an East County road.

Sex-crimes Detective James "Chappie" Hunter was riding to the east on Alpine Boulevard when a teenage student driver made a left turn directly in front of him near East Victoria Drive shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday,  the California Highway Patrol reported.

The impact threw Hunter, 41, into the windshield of the girl's car, breaking his left arm, severing his left leg below the knee and leaving him with internal injuries. Medics airlifted him to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.

The girl had a permit to drive and her mother was in the car with her at the time of the collision, 10News learned.

Hunter, a fitness enthusiast and married father of a young boy, has been with the San Diego Police Department for 19 years. As part of his current duties, he trains police around the country in techniques to combat domestic human trafficking, said Rollin Bush, spokesman for the San Diego Police Officers Association.

The SDPOA has created a donation fund to help Hunter's family with medical expenses. Anyone wishing to made a tax-deductible contribution is asked to send a check payable to the agency, with "Detective Chappie Hunter" written on the memo line, to the association's offices, 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA 92111.


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