Officer Recovering From Severe Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 485 in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC)
CHARLOTTE, NC- Wbtv.com writes that a car struck and seriously injured a police officer in North Carolina this week. The incident took place when the officer was on the scene of an earlier fatal crash.*
Updates indicate that the injured trooper was transported to the Shepard Center located in Atlanta to take on the next stage of his recovery. On the day of the incident, the officer was near the scene of a horrible wreck that left five people dead. A driver approaching the scene failed to slow down and collided with the victim, causing serious critical injuries.
The injured officer took a medical helicopter to the Shepard Center. On his way to the airport, officers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department all served as escorts. Upon his arrival in Georgia, the Georgia State Patrol escorted the injured trooper to the Atlanta-based Shepard Center.
Police urged fellow officers to keep the injured trooper's family in mind.
A fellow state trooper informed reporters that the officer was now able to stand up, albeit only for short intervals, and that some feeling has returned to the victim's extremities. The tiny steps are seen as progress and to those around the officer, are nothing short of miraculous given the extreme injuries caused by the collision.
The driver who struck the trooper is now facing felony charges related to his role in the crash. The charges include failing to abide by the state's Move Over Law. The road where the officer was struck, and where five people died in the accident he was investigating, is known for speeding drivers. Now a task force has been set up to patrol the interstate for speeding motorists.
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