Officer assigned to Italian Prime Minister’s motorcade hurt in Boston motorcycle crash

BOSTON —A Boston motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a crash near the Museum of Science Thursday morning. The officer was working motorcade duty for a visiting dignitary.

Boston police originally said the officer was assigned to a motorcade for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is expected to visit Boston later Thursday. However, that information proved to be incorrect.

The officer was actually assigned to a motorcade for Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, who spoke at Harvard and visited a research lab on Thursday. Renzi is on a 4-day trip through the United States.

Massachusetts State Police say the crash occurred on O’Brien Highway around 10:15 a.m. The officer was on a blue and white police motorcycle and the other vehicle involved appears to be a Subaru wagon with New York plates.

A tweet from the Secret Service identified the officer as James Scopa.

Scopa was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of serious but not life-threatening injuries. He was later released.

MSP is asking people to avoid the area while the crash remains under investigation.

Source: WCVB