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CHP officer, injured in Highway 50 crash, released from hospital

A California Highway Patrol officer seriously injured last month in a collision involving a FedEx truck has been released from a hospital.

Officer Vincent Smith, an 18-year-veteran, was injured about 3 a.m. May 7 after he responded with other officers to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 near 16th Street in Sacramento. One driver involved in the crash had left the area on foot, and both vehicles remained in the roadway. Officers activated their overhead patrol lights and were working to move vehicles onto the highway’s shoulder, CHP officials said.

Before they could finish clearing the roadway, Smith was hit by a FedEx tractor-trailer driven by Gregory Anthony Ramirez, 41, of San Lorenzo. Smith suffered major injuries to his upper body.

The CHP announced Friday that after several weeks in the hospital, Smith is recuperating at home.

“He and his family are very appreciative of the support they have received from the community,” CHP officials said in a written statement. “Officer Smith will require many months of rehabilitation before returning to duty.”

Ramirez was arrested and charged with reckless driving causing injury and possession of narcotics. According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, his next court date, for a settlement conference, is June 23.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy