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Allegedly drunk teacher hits parked police car, 2 injured

When car accidents happen, most people think about how the crash may have injured the occupants of the vehicle. In some cases, people who aren't in the crashed vehicles might end up suffering injuries. One recent case in Texas shows how freak circumstances can lead to other people near the accident being seriously injured.

The accident involves a Missouri City, Texas, police officer who has only been on the force for three months. At the time of the accident, the officer had a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on State Highway 6. A car came careening into the officer's patrol car. That impact slammed the cruiser into the vehicle that was stopped for the traffic violation. Both the officer and the man driving that vehicle were injured.

The drunk driving accident occurred on a bridge near Knight's Court. The officer was thrown from the bridge. He fell approximately 20 to 30 feet and had to be airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He had to undergo surgery for the injuries he suffered in the fall but was listed in serious but stable condition.

The driver who struck the police car is said to have been intoxicated at the time of the accident. The 46-year-old woman is a physical education teacher at Scanlan Oaks Elementary School. She was arrested on an intoxication assault charge and was being held at the Fort Bend County Jail.

For the police officer and civilian who were injured, the road to recovery might be considerable. They may have to deal with a loss of income as they recover from their injuries, as well as mounting medical bills from the treatment they needed after the accident. In an effort to minimize the financial impact of the situation, these men have the right to seek compensation for damages from the allegedly intoxicated driver.

Source: Click2Houston.com, "Missouri City police officer plunges 30 feet off bridge; woman arrested" Joel Eisenbaum and Courtney Gilmore, May. 16, 2014

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