According to a family member, Dennis Lewis, know on the streets of Sulphur Springs as Kojak, continues to improve as he awaits another surgery at Plano Medical Center. Sulphur Springs most famous pedestrian was injured in an vehicle pedestrian accident in the turn lane on Gilmer Street outside Brookshire’s in Sulphur Springs at 9:13 p.m. Sunday, May 3.
As of Thursday, May 7, he is unable to walk but is sitting up in a chair in his hospital room. His spirits remain high and, according to the family member, he is “bossing everyone around.”
When swelling around his knew recedes, a second surgery is scheduled. The surgeon hopes to perform that surgery in two week. The surgeon expects the second surgery to finalize the repair of Kojak’s knee.
Kojak was taken by helicopter to the Plano hospital shortly after the accident. According to his family, has two broken ribs, a broken wrist, and a broken knee, and lots of bruises. He suffered no head injuries.
The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to investigate the accident. Prior to his accident, Kojak could be seen almost daily walking the streets all over town. His nickname is believed to have come from some members of the police department many years ago.