Calif. motorcycle officer hurt near police funeral

By the Associated Press | June 3, 2011 | 10:29 PM EDT

CYPRESS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California motorcycle officer has been injured in a traffic accident near a memorial for another motorcycle officer who was killed while accompanying a policeman's funeral procession.

Orange County fire Capt. Greg McKeown tells The Associated Press that the agency responded to a report of a motorcycle officer injured in an accident with a vehicle Friday evening.

Cypress police Sgt. Ken Ramsey tells the Orange County Register that the Cypress policeman wasn't directly involved in the funeral for 44-year-old Hawthorne Officer Andrew S. Garton. But he says the injured officer may have been returning from attending Garton's memorial.

Garton was killed last month in a collision with another motorcycle officer as they escorted the procession for a Manhattan Beach officer who had died of cancer.