Columbus officer hit by car at festival; injuries minor

April 20, 2009



A Columbus Police officer directing traffic at Sunday''s Mississippi Kid Festival was struck by a vehicle, but did not suffer serious injuries, according to a Columbus Police Department official. 


CPD Officer Rick Higgins was helping move traffic out of the Columbus Fairgrounds Sunday night when a Dodge pick-up truck driven by a white female hit the officer. 


The accident happened at 11 p.m. 


Higgins was knocked back a couple feet away from the accident and taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle where he was treated and released. 


The name of the woman who hit Higgins is not being released pending an investigation of the accident by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. There is no word yet on whether charges will be brought against her. 


Capt. Fred Shelton of the CPD said the accident was the only problem police experienced during last night''s Southern Rock concert benefit for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans, who is being treated for cancer. 


"That was the only problem we had, and we could have done without that," he said.