SAN MARCOS (KXAN) — A San Marcos police officer hit by a suspected drunk driver lost her leg and has more surgeries ahead of her, but is conscious and surrounded by friends and family, according to San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp.
Officer Claudia Cormier was hit by a car around 9:45 p.m. Saturday when she was responding to a call of items on Interstate 35. Her husband, who also works with SMPD, responded to the scene when she was hit.
According to the arrest affidavit, Officer Cormier pulled over to the shoulder to clear the roadway of debris.
The driver accused of hitting Cormier, Neil Sheehan, who Stapp says is cooperating with police, stayed on the scene. He was arrested and charged with Intoxication Assault on a Public Servant and Failure to Slow Causing Serious Bodily Injury.
Stapp says Cormier is conscious and wanted her friends by her side when she came to. He added that other than losing her right leg, she’s doing better than expected.
Stapp provided those updates Tuesday morning and emphasized that people need to move over when they see flashing police lights. He also reminded people that it’s never safe to drink and drive.
The Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union has set up a donation fund for Cormier. The 100 Club of Central Texas is planning to provide support to Cormier and her family once they are ready through its Critically Injured Fund. It is also collecting donations on its website in honor of her and to support other first responders who have been hurt while working.