December 16, 2011 – Nitro, W.Va. – Patrol officer Jimmy Lee is on the road to recovery after he was struck by a vehicle on Thursday, November 24.
WBOY 12 News has followed the story of Officer Lee after he was seriously injured while directing traffic around a stranded motorist. Lee suffered critical injuries to his head and neck after an SUV struck him at the intersection of 40th Street and Cross Lanes Drive.
Officer Lee was rushed to Charleston Area Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain and repair a fractured skull. He was then moved to intensive care where his condition continued to improve, eventually breathing on his own a little more than a week after the accident.
On Thursday, December 8, it was announced that the officer had recovered enough to begin rehabilitation therapy at a brain and spinal cord rehabilitation center. The Nitro Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #74 have set up a bank account to accept donations to support Officer Lee and his family as he continues to recover.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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