Officer struck at high school

Policeman stable after being hit with vehicle

A Greenwood police officer is recovering in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic outside Center Grove High School.

Greenwood Police Officer Scott Cottongim was struck from behind, tossing him into another vehicle Thursday morning. He was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where he was listed in good and stable condition on Thursday morning, according to a news release from Center Grove Schools.

Police are investigating the accident. Cottongim has been a Greenwood police officer for 19 years.

Cottongim was wearing a traffic vest, using a flashlight and had the flashing lights on his police car activated while directing traffic at the high school, the release said.

A vehicle heading east on Stones Crossing Road struck Cottongim from behind as he was directing vehicles to turn into the high school, the release said. The force of the impact threw Cottongim into another vehicle that was turning into the school, the release said.

Neither of the drivers were injured, the release said.

The Center Grove Police Department was investigating the accident and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assisted with reconstructing the accident.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.