An officer was injured in a car accident at the corner of Hutchins and Oak streets at about 12:28 p.m. Thursday.
Cpl. Roger Butterfield was heading north on Hutchins Street when he was hit by a woman in a Ford F150 truck going west on Oak Street, Officer Chris Kaufman said.
Butterfield suffered a neck injury and was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital. He was not admitted into the hospital.
Aline Cooper was driving a Ford F150 truck and said she made a complete stop at the stop sign. She waited for a southbound car to pass before pulling out in the intersection.
Cooper said she did not see the police officer coming. The front of her car was damaged and bent in.
The police car had damage to the right door and fender, and the wheel was off its axle.
Witnesses said the officer was driving at or below the speed limit, Kaufman said.
"When you pull up to a stop sign and it's not a four-way, you keep creeping up until you can see," he said.
Kaufman did not know how frequent accidents happen at the intersection, but almost got into a crash there before the new cell phone law went into effect.
He said a man was talking on the phone and barely looked before pulling out, but Kaufman was able to stop in time to avoid an accident.
Accidents usually happen at the intersection three to four times a year, Lodi resident Carol Davis said. She owns the home on the northwest corner of the intersection.
"People are thinking and don't stop," she said. "There probably should be a four-way stop here."
Resident Andrea Ransom was visiting Davis at the time of the accident, and she said they both ran out.
"All I heard was a huge boom, and I knew it wasn't good," Ransom said.
She believes something should be done at the intersection to slow down traffic, especially because there are families and children in the area with Hutchins Street Square on the corner, she said.