Winston-Salem officer, motorcyclist involved in wreck identified

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A motorcyclist and a Winston-Salem police officer were involved in a wreck on Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened in the 3200 block of Robinhood Road at 5:52 a.m., police said.

According to police, Officer Jeremiah Lewis Ansel was conducting traffic enforcement on Robinhood Road. At the time of the accident, his marked police patrol car was facing west, north of the north curb line of Robinhood Road, stationary in a private driveway, police said.

Police said Ansel observed a vehicle traveling east on Robinhood Road involved in a traffic violation. In order to take action, Ansel moved from where he was parked and began to complete a U-turn so he could proceed east on Robinhood Road.

Police said while completing the U-turn, Ansel's patrol car collided with a motorcycle traveling west on Robinhood Road.

The motorcyclist, identified as Zachary Lee Stephens, 20, of Thomasville, sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he is being treated.

Ansel, 26, sustained minor injuries that did not require medical treatment, police said.

Police said the Winston-Salem Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident and additional information will be released when it is available.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this accident call (336) 773-7700.

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