Officer Hit by Van During MLK Parade

Witnesses say van was "out of control."

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    An out of control van struck and injured a police officer On January 14, 2012. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

    A Dallas police officer was injured Saturday when a van hit him during the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

    Sgt. Gary Brown said the officer, who's name was not released, suffered a possible broken shoulder and several scrapes and bruises.

    Brown said the driver of the van, which belongs to the Senior Care Health and Rehab Center, had just taken off when he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the break.

    Brown said the officer, who was working the parade, saw the van coming and tried to rush people out of the way.

    "In doing so, the van struck the officer. He was knocked down and rolled onto a parked car that was parked on the street. Right after striking the officer, the operator of the van was able to apply the break and bring the van to a halt," Brown said.

    Afterward, the driver, who was visibly upset, apologized to the media.

    "I just lost control of the vehicle. I'm sorry," he said. "My hopes and prayers are that the officer is okay. My thoughts and prayers are with him. That's all I have to say."

    Brown said the driver will most likely not face any citations or charges because the accident doesn't appear to be intentional. Officers also don't believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident.

    Brown said it simply seemed to be an "unfortunate incident."