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RPD officer in two-car wreck Monday; no citations result

May 8, 2013 - From staff reports

An on-duty Riverton Police Department officer was involved in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon at the intersection of South Federal Boulevard and East Monroe Avenue. Officials said no one was seriously injured in the crash, which took place at about 1:45 p.m. Monday. According to reports, RPD officer John Gardner was driving a 2003 Dodge Durango southbound on Federal Boulevard when he decided to turn east

onto Monroe Avenue. At the same time, Darell Steenbock, 62, reportedly was driving north through the intersection in a 2008 Ford Focus.

"Gardner turned east with a yellow 'arrow' caution light to yield to oncoming traffic," Fremont County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Romberg wrote in his report.

"Steenbock collided with Gardner."

No airbags deployed in either vehicle, Romberg said.

When an ambulance arrived on scene, Steenbock reportedly requested transport to Riverton Memorial Hospital. Gardner did not require medical attention.

The police car sustained minor damage to the right front fender well and to the right front bumper area, Romberg said. Steenbock's Ford sustained damage to the right front wheel well area and "most of the front bumper area."

The incident was recorded on Gardner's patrol vehicle camera, and no citations were issued at Steenbock's request.

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