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Published on May 24, 2024
Man Charged with class B Misdemeanor Following a 2019 Crash That Led To a San Marcos Police Officer Losing her LegSource: City of San Marcos

A San Marcos police officer who suffered a severe injury in the line of duty has received a heartening welcome upon her return home. Officer Claudia Cormier, who had her leg amputated after a drunk driver struck her while she was responding to a call on Interstate 35, has been through extensive rehabilitation and medical treatments. The ordeal began in May 2019 when Cormier pulled over to clear debris from a roadway, reports CBS Austin.

Neil Sheehan, the man responsible for the accident, was sentenced on May 16 after being arrested and charged with Intoxication Assault on a Public Servant. Following a plea deal, Sheehan received a sentence of 12 months community supervision. The 63-year-old must also complete 20 hours of community service, and pay nearly $500 in court costs and fines, according to Hays County court documents cited by KXAN.

At the tragic incident, a passing off-duty nurse jumped into action, creating three tourniquets to staunch the bleeding — a crucial act that doctors said saved Cormier's life. Police Chief Chase Stapp lauded Cormier's bravery and tenacity throughout her recovery. "Officer Cormier has exhibited courage and resolve that's been nothing less than incredible and an inspiration to us all," Chief Stapp told CBS Austin in a statement.

The San Marcos community has rallied around Cormier, underscoring the risks officers take and the sacrifices they make in service of public safety. As she continues to adjust to life after the accident, Cormier's story of resilience and determination stands as a sobering reminder of the potential consequences of driving under the influence, and of the profound impact of community and support in the face of personal tragedy.