Off Duty San Angelo Police Officer Airlifted After Crash Near Robert Lee
An off-duty San Angelo police officer was injured in a rollover crash early Saturday morning at approximately 4:45 a.m. near Robert Lee. According to the Texas DPS, Jason Hernandez was driving northbound on TX-208 about one mile south of FM 2662 when a large feral hog obstructed Hernandez’s path of travel.
Hernandez was unable to avoid the hog and struck it almost head-on in his Ford F-250. He traveled off the right hand shoulder, and then corrected back to the left, crossing both lanes of traffic. The F-250 rolled over and came to a rest in the pasture on the west of the road.
Hernandez was airlifted to Shannon Medical Center via Airmed 1 with incapacitating injuries. Later Saturday, volunteers and law enforcement personnel were seen searching the area for Hernandez’s badge and sidearm. Reportedly, both fell out of Hernandez’s vehicle during the rollover.
Hernandez is 30 years old and he was wearing a seatbelt. Trooper Jessica Springer was the investigating officer and no citations were issued.
Hernandez was mentioned on LIVE! in March as the police officer who nabbed a 7-11 burglar on College Hills.
Update August 18, 2014, 9 a.m.
The San Angelo Coalition of Police issued the following update:
Officer Hernandez under went surgery today and has been resting with family and friends near his side. Jason wanted to show everyone that he is in good spirits and that he isn't going to let some Hog keep him down.
Jason has stood up for the first time since the accident and is recovering really well. He has gotten out of the hospital bed and has been relaxing in a reclining chair.
The Hernandez Family wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns for their son. Attached are a few photos Jason has allowed to be posted. As you can see the good Lord was watching over Jason at the time of need.
"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9"
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