HOUSTON - A Houston police officer who was hit by a suspected intoxicated driver a few months ago is being called a walking miracle.
Friday, there was a benefit for 24-year-old officer Nestor Garcia put on by his brothers and sisters in blue.
There was a large turnout, and the officer was also there. He continues to pass milestones in his recovery after a near-death experience on the job.
In September 2017, Garcia was responding to a traffic stop when he was hit by a vehicle and dragged on the Southwest Freeway. He was seriously injured and has had major surgeries since then.
"I'm really appreciative. I really appreciate the support and the love everyone shows me,” Garcia said. “It really helped me getting through this…The one thing I didn't want to do was spend Christmas in the hospital, and luckily, I didn't. I was able to spend at home with my family, and it was awesome."
Robert Zimmerman, the 79-year-old driver accused of hitting him, is free on bond. Zimmerman told investigators he has taken sleeping medicine hours before the accident.
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