Officer suffers minor injuries

Anthony Gianinetti struck by vehicle

— A Craig Police Department officer suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when a vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Dinosaur man struck him in Craig.

Officer Anthony (Tony) Gianinetti, a first-year police officer, was struck about 10:20 a.m. Saturday in an area police described as on the bypass, where eastbound traffic in the 1200 block of W. Victory Way turns south to Fourth Street.

He was transported to The Memorial Hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation.

He was released Sunday morning.

"He was very, very sore this morning when I talked to him," Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Sunday.

He added that Gianinetti's X-rays "came back OK," but the department would wait and see how the officer felt in a few days before deciding when he will return to work.

Gianinetti was investigating a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning, which had resulted in damage to a fence.

He was parked in an area off the roadway and standing outside his patrol vehicle when a vehicle traveling through the bypass lost traction and skidded off the left side of the road and struck the police officer, according to a Police Department news release.

Gianinetti was struck by the left front of a 2001 Dodge Durango and the "impact knocked the officer several yards through the air and further into the field he was standing in," the Police Department reported.

The Colorado State Patrol investigated the accident and cited Joel Ward Tuck for careless driving resulting in bodily injury and no proof of insurance.

The State Patrol conducted the investigation because the accident involved a police officer.

"It is believed that the speed of the vehicle involved was too fast for the road conditions created by the recent snowfall," the Police Department reported in the news release.

The release added, "Law enforcement is continually advising drivers to slow down and use extra precaution when driving on snow packed roadways."

A resident reported the accident and other police officers, Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies, Craig Fire/Rescue and a TMH ambulance crew responded to the scene.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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