NY officer injured in pursuit by falling light pole regains consciousness

Officer Jonathan Negron, who had been in a medically induced coma since June 3, was able to talk Sunday

June 14, 2021 | By Mary B. Pasciak, The Buffalo News, N.Y.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Police Officer Jonathan Negron woke up and was able to talk Sunday, more than a week after he was injured and lost consciousness after a light pole fell on his patrol car during a chase, Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said.

Buffalo Police Officer Jonathan Negron suffered injuries to his brain and spinal cord during a pursuit on June 3, 2021.
Buffalo Police Officer Jonathan Negron suffered injuries to his brain and spinal cord during a pursuit on June 3, 2021. (Photo/GoFundMe)

The 29-year-old officer has been in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center since June 3, when he responded to a 911 call about a car with four people wearing masks and possessing a gun.

Negron responded to the 911 call June 3, which reported the suspicious vehicle a few blocks from Pine Ridge Road and Genesee Street. He pursued the vehicle, an SUV, for about a mile. Other officers from Buffalo and Cheektowaga also joined the chase.

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