A pedestrian suffered minor injuries to her hand after being struck by a marked police cruiser Thursday morning on the Bedford Highway, said Halifax Regional Police.

The police officer was exiting the parking lot of the Tim Hortons at 200 Bedford Highway and was trying to turn right when he hit the woman, who was walking north on the sidewalk toward Bedford.

It happened at 6:38 a.m.

Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages said the officer stopped at the end of the parking lot and looked both ways before trying to enter traffic.

The pedestrian saw the police cruiser stopped at the end of the parking lot and tried to get his attention, but the officer did not see her and moved forward, said Bourdages.

One of the woman's hands was injured but she did not require medical attention.

Bourdages said the police officer was not ticketed because he didn't violate the Motor Vehicle Act.

"What the Motor Vehicle Act states is that you need to stop when you emerge from a driveway or a parking lot, you need to stop at the sidewalk to ensure that it is clear, which was done in this case," he said.

"The collision occurred following that as the officer was waiting to engage himself into the traffic."


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