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Two police officials injured in separate vehicle collisions Thursday

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sergeant and a Gastonia police officer were each taken to area hospitals after being involved in separate traffic-related accidents Thursday night.

CMPD Sgt. Robert Fey received serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his lower right leg after being hit by a vehicle at a park near uptown shortly after 8 p.m., police said.

Fey was off-duty with CMPD but working at a secondary job when he was struck by a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot of Revolution Park off Barringer Drive.

The driver of the Tahoe, Richard Lee Hawkins Jr., 44, was heading toward the parking lot exit when Fey was struck, police said.

Hawkins and the 10-year-old passenger were not injured and remained at the scene. Speed and alcohol were not factors in the collision, police said.

No charges were filed Thursday night but the investigation is ongoing. Any witnesses should call Det. Kevin Allred with CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-432-2169.

In Gastonia, Officer S. Cain was in a single-vehicle wreck shortly after 5:30 p.m. when his patrol car went off the road at West Airline Avenue and North King Street and hit a tree on the driver’s side, officials said.

Cain was pinned in the vehicle and had to be cut out by the Gastonia Fire Department. He was then taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center for injuries that included two broken arms, police said.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Cain was responding to a breaking-and-entering-in-progress call while it was raining and his vehicle likely hydroplaned, police said. The accident remains under investigation.

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