Sanford police officer seriously injured during traffic stop

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SANFORD, Fla. - A Sanford motorcycle police officer trying to conduct a traffic stop was seriously injured Wednesday.

According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, Officer Tina Leman was attempting to stop a traffic violator when a car turned in front of her on Sanford Avenue near Woodmere Boulevard.

Leman was unable to stop and was thrown from her motorcyle after striking a Honda driven by Timothy Salvino, 20, of Casselberry, troopers said.

Leman was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with multiple broken bones.

"She is very very much a veteran officer on the motorcycle which we believe attributed to her not sustaining more serious injuries," said Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith.

Leman's father told Channel 9's Martie Salt that Leman is expected to recover. He said his daughter is a 13 year member of the police force.

Salvino was ticketed for violation of right of way.

Troopers said Leman has her emergency lights activated when the accident happened.