San Marcos police officer hit by suspected drunk driver speaks at Friday conference

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos police officer who was hit by a suspected drunk driver back in May spoke for the first time at a press conference on Friday.

Claudia Cormier discussed the crash that caused her to lose her leg and her recovery process, in addition to giving thanks to the community for support.

Claudia Cormier at a homecoming celebration Aug. 15, 2019 (San Marcos Police Department Photo)

Back in May, Cormier was hit by the car while she was responding to a report of debris in the roadway on Interstate 35 in San Marcos. The driver, Neil Sheehan, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault on a public servant and failure to slow causing serious bodily injury.

“May 18th has forever changed my life and those surrounding me. While in the hospitals I read multiple articles and watched several news broadcasts about my accident,” said Cormier. “Surprisingly I go back to the moment I began to pray out loud and hope that I was forgiven for all my sins. I knew then that I could not recover or move forward if I did not remove all the negative the accident can carry.”

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Neil Sheehan, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault on a public servant and failure to slow causing serious bodily injury (KXAN/SMPD)

Cormier’s husband, who also works for SMPD, was the officer who responded to the scene when she was hit.

After the crash, Cormier spent three months in the hospital, undergoing recovery and rehab treatments, before finally getting to go home in August.

Cormier revealed during the press conference that it will take a year-and-a-half to two years before she’s back out on the streets. But she said it’s her goal to patrol once again.

“One day remains on my mind, the day I wear the uniform and badge that I love with pride and happiness to continue serving my community.”

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