Injured Montgomery police officer identified

Officer Broadway poses with then Montgomery mayor Bobby Bright at graduation. (Courtesy: Facebook)
Officer Broadway poses with then Montgomery mayor Bobby Bright at graduation. (Courtesy: Facebook)
Officer Joshuah P. Broadway
Officer Joshuah P. Broadway

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The identity of a Montgomery Police officer who is fighting for his life at this hour is now known.

Officer Joshuah P. Broadway, 21, was critically injured after his patrol car was hit and forced into a utility pole.

The accident happened in the 8:00 hour at the intersection of Virginia Loop Road and U.S. 231 Thursday night.

Broadway was taken to Jackson Hospital where he is still listed in critical, life threatening condition.

A preliminary investigation indicated Officer Broadway was traveling southbound on Troy Highway - in normal driving-mode - and as he came through the intersection a vehicle traveling northbound made a left turn without yielding the right-of-way.

The automobile slammed into the officer's black and white cruiser and wrapped it around a utility pole.

Friday afternoon, investigators told WSFA 12 News it appears as though Broadway was involved in a "true accident".

"It appears to be accidental--truly accidental.  Preliminarily, it does not appear to be alcohol or drug related," explained Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured in the crash and was taken to police headquarters for questioning.

At Jackson Hospital more than a dozen other police cruisers gathered in the parking lot. Officers filed into the emergency room anxiously awaiting word on the condition of their comrade.

Officials can't be more specific on what injuries Broadway sustained other than to say they are life-threatening.

According to Broadway's Myspace and Facebook profiles he is a 2005 graduate of Evangel Christian Academy though a school representative tells us he was homeschooled through a program with Evangel. Broadway also lists his marital status as "engaged".

WSFA 12 News will have more information as it becomes available.