Police officer injured, another driver dead in Mesa crash

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa police officer was involved in a fatal crash Tuesday morning.

A patrol car driven by Officer Helen Simmonds and a minivan were involved in a crash at Main and 80th streets in Mesa at about 7:15 a.m.

The van driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spokesman Sgt. Tony Landato said Simmonds had just cleared a call and was engaged in routine driving when the collision occurred.

Simmonds required extrication from her vehicle and was transported to a local hospital. She suffered non life-threatening injuries and will be kept overnight for observation. 

Simmonds is a 23-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department.

Since the accident occurred in a county island, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation.