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Officer Assisting Stranded Motorist, Female Injured By Passing Vehicle Sunday

A Cumby police officer who’d stopped on the Interstate 30 service road to assist a stranded motorist and a female at the site were reportedly injured by a passing vehicle Sunday night, Dec. 15. No apparent life-threatening injuries were reported, according to law enforcement reports.

“This was GOD all the way folks and we are thankful that Officer Geer is going to be good to go in a few days! Thank you all for your concerns, prayers and phone calls!” Cumby Police stated in a Facebook post made at 12:25 a.m. Dec. 16 regarding the crash.

No charges had been filed against the driver of the vehicle that struck the officer and female, however, the crash was still under investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers Monday morning, according to DPS reports.

Cumby Police Officer Nicholas Geer and a motorist were both reported to have stopped to assist a stranded motorist on the north Interstate 30 service road near mile marker 115 Sunday night when the crash occurred. The other stopped vehicle was reportedly being used to try to jump start the stranded vehicle, according to Cumby police.

“For unknown reasons, a motorist traveling east bound struck the vehicle that was stranded and struck Officer Geer while he was standing at the vehicle. These vehicles were as far over as you could get and were partially in the grass median. Officer Geer was thrown over the stranded vehicle and landed in the median between the North Service Road and the Interstate. Before Officer Geer was struck, he was able to push one of the females out of the way of the oncoming vehicle. The other female was injured as a result of the oncoming vehicle striking the stranded vehicle,” according to the Cumby police statement.

Hopkins County emergency dispatchers were alerted at 8:41 p.m. Dec. 15 of the crash. Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies, and Hopkins County and Cumby firefighter, and emergency medical services personnel were dispatched to the crash site, according to dispatch reports. DPS also responded at the crash site and are in charge of the crash investigation, officials reported Monday.

A sheriff’s deputy patrolling nearby arrived on scene within about a minute of the dispatch and began checking on the injured pair and administering aid at the scene until other emergency responders could arrive, according to sheriff’s reports.

Cumby police also reported that one of the females “was possibly pinned between the vehicle that was stranded and the vehicle being used to jump the stranded vehicle off. As a result, it is believed her leg was broken. She was taken to the Emergency room in Greenville by ambulance.”

Geer was reportedly transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs. After being checked out by doctors, Geer was sent home later Dec. 15 with no broken bones, torn muscles nor head injuries. He did have “a lot of bumps and bruises,” according to Cumby police reports.

“This was GOD all the way folks and we are thankful that Officer Geer is going to be good to go in a few days! Thank you all for your concerns, prayers and phone calls!” the Cumby release stated.

Author: Faith Huffman

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