UPDATE: WFPD Motorcycle Officer In Good Condition

WICHITA FALLS - Condition Update: Sergeant Van Dotson with the Wichita Falls Police Department says the motorcycle officer involved in a collision on Kemp Friday before noon is in good condition at United Regional.  

He says surgeons made repairs to the officer's jaw and teeth.

Also, Sergeant Dotson says there was significant damage to the officer's helmet, which strengthens the importance of wearing a helmet. 

According to witnesses, the driver of a KIA Soul pulled out from Applebee's parking lot before noon in- front of the officer, who was southbound on Kemp.       

They said he'd been in the median and had pulled out with his flashing lights on before the woman pulled in- front of him.
 
The driver of the KIA said she didn't see the officer or hear a siren.

"I remember thinking he just pulled out so fast," said witness Bailey Smoot. "I was like wow, he's going fast."

"I was just watching him to see who he was going to get and I saw this car pull out and he just hit them," said Heidi Preston, another witness. "And all I saw was his body flip."

The witnesses said they then ran over to him to help.

"He had a gash on his chin and his teeth were broken," said Preston

"They asked if he could feel his leg and he couldn't even answer," Smoot said. "He was talking, but I'm just afraid for his legs because they were smashed under that bike."

"I grabbed his hand and just squeezed it you know and got some glass off his face because it was going to go in his eyes," said Preston. "I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe what I saw."

She said it took first responders about 3 minutes to arrive on the scene. She said other people who witnessed the accident also rushed to help.

"It makes you kind of reflect and pause, like not just any of the officers but to anybody," said WFPD PIO  Tim Johnson. "You could be going about your daily routine and you can find yourself thrust into something like this in the matter of a few seconds."


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