LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — ABC7 has released a video appearing to show Inglewood Mayor James Butts involved in a collision with an LAPD motorcycle officer near USC Tuesday.

The LAPD motorcycle officer was literally thrown off his bike and into a fountain from the collision which occurred near Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street in Los Angeles.


One of the vehicles that was involved appears to have been carrying the mayor of Inglewood, reports ABC7.

An ABC helicopter flew over the scene near an entrance to the university around 9 a.m. when first responders were seen treating a woman and her 4-year-old child, who was not hurt.

The officer suffered substantial injuries but is expected to fully recover.

“He was stationary in front of the water fountain and struck by the black SUV at that position. It struck him and threw him into the fountain,” explained LAPD Capt. Giselle Espinoza.

One of the vehicles involved, a black SUV, is registered to the Inglewood Police Department. Video shot by helicopter appears to show the mayor at the scene with police officers and another unidentified man.

The city has not commented about whether the mayor was involved in the accident.

The longtime LAPD motor officer was stopped near the fountain when the black SUV and sedan suddenly collided as the SUV was turning onto the campus near Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street.

The crash remains under investigation.