Police block off a section of North Broad Street Friday after an off-duty officer was struck by a car.
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer participating in a motorcycle ride aimed at curbing crime in North Philadelphia is in extremely critical condition at Hahnemann hospital after a car struck him on North Broad Street shortly before 8 p.m.
According to police, the officer was on his motorcycle on North Broad Street when a vehicle collided with him near Master Street shortly before 8 p.m.
An ambulance rushed him to the hospital, while the vehicle that struck him remained at the scene.
The officer works in the 35th District and is a four-year member of the department, but was not immediately identified, as all of his family had not been notified.
High-ranking members of the department, including Commissioner Charles Ramsey, came to the hospital after the crash to see the injured officer and support his family. Ramsey spoke to the media outside of the hospital Friday evening.
"Right now he needs our prayers. The family needs our prayers," said Ramsey.
He had been participating in the Midnight Run for Peace, which was supposed to include more than 70 motorcycles and other vehicles patrolling through troubled areas of North Philadelphia with a police escort.
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