officers Aaron Hackleman and Jeffrey Jensen suffered injuries in a May 19
collision on West Main Street, state police information officer Mike Link said
on June 14.
City and state police concealed
their identity for 26 days.
As of June 14, city
police had refused to comment on the nature or extent of their injuries.
For 22 days state police suppressed
a report identifying the driver of the other vehicle, a 2015 Lexus.
The Record identified
Bruce N. Cook, 76 as the Lexus driver by pulling a traffic ticket that state
police issued on May 27.
It charged failure to
yield to an authorized emergency vehicle.
State police investigated
the collision under a city policy referring accidents of its officers to state
The vehicles collided at
West Main and 62nd Street at 7:41 p.m., on dry pavement, in daylight.
On June 10, after the
Record identified the other driver, state police District 11 information
officer Calvin Dye, Jr. described the accident in a telephone interview.
Dye said Cook pulled out
of Fletcher's restaurant to turn left.
"They attempted to
swerve out of the way but they still struck the car,” Dye said.
He said he couldn’t name
Link, his supervisor,
provided names four days later.
Belleville mayor Mark
Eckert did not respond to a June 13 message seeking information on the
condition of the officers.
Police chief William Clay
did not respond to a June 14 message.