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CMPD car hit by distracted driver Saturday

A woman distracted by her GPS hit a marked Charlotte-Mecklenburg police car uptown Saturday afternoon, sending an officer to the hospital, authorities said.

A few minutes before 1 p.m., Officer Thornell Little turned off Interstate 277 onto East Sixth Street, according to a news release. As he crossed over the intersection at North McDowell Street through a green light, his car was hit by a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport on the left front corner.

Jamie Aigner was driving the Mitsubishi and later told police she ran a red light at the intersection because she was distracted by her GPS.

Because of the crash, the right front of Little’s car hit the left front of a Nissan Frontier that was stopped at the red light. A man and a 3-year-old were in the Nissan, but neither was hurt, the release said.

Little was taken to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police did not say what kind of injuries he had.

Aigner refused medical treatment and was cited for failing to stop for the red light.

Witnesses of the crash are asked to call police at 704-336-8862.

Little joined the force in April 1998.

He was one of the three officers who responded to the police call involving Jonathan Ferrell in September. Ferrell was an unarmed man shot and killed by one of the officers, Randall Kerrick, who has been charged with his death.

Ruebens: 704-358-5294; Twitter: @lruebens
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