A North Carolina trooper who was injured in a crash while on duty has finally left the hospital.
The accident occurred on July 4 as Trooper Adolfo A. Lopez-Alcedo prepared to resurvey the scene of a deadly crash on I-485.
He was released from hospital on August 14 with his family calling his progress a miracle.
According to official reports, Lopez-Alcedo has parked his patrol car in the middle of the interstate so that it could block two lanes.
Two vehicles came down the interstate and one went to the left of the cruiser while the other went right. The one that went left struck Lopez-Alcedo’s car and then hit him.
He suffered serious injuries to the body and brain, and he was transported to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center.
Lopez-Alcedo received a police escort on Friday as he went to the airport destined for Atlanta. He will go Atlanta’s Shepard’s Center to continue his rehab.
The trooper’s family gave an update on his condition. They said he was breathing on his own again and he could walk the halls and talk to family, friends, and hospital staff.
They said he was building his strength through occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Lopez-Alcedo is married and he has two children. He has worked with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for two years.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by the family, it is not yet known how long his recovery will take.
The driver who hit him, Troy Douglas Edmiston, is facing charges of felony failure to move over upon the approach of a law enforcement officer.
If you suffered serious injuries in a crash, you’re likely to incur significant medical expenses and other losses. A North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you to get compensation from the responsible party.