Houston – It has been almost seven months since a Precinct 1 Deputy Constable was paralyzed after being hit by a drunk driver; on Monday that drunk driver was sentenced.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. on January 23, 2014, Deputy Constable Jeffrey Wooten was driving home on the North Freeway when he pulled off onto the shoulder because he wasn't feeling well. That's when 26-year-old Joseph Fiedor crossed two lanes of traffic and slammed into Wooten's car – Wooten was paralyzed from the neck down.
"It's been rough," said Deputy Redell Wooten, the victim's brother. "He's on dialysis now. He's on a respirator and a feeding tube."
Prosecutor Alison Baimbridge explained that doctors aren't giving Wooten a lot of time.
"His injuries are different," said Baimbridge. "He will eventually pass from them. It's heartbreaking because he's just living inside of his brain and he can't do anything about it."
The night of the accident, Joseph Fieder was driving without a license, was drunk and blood results show he had marijuana and meth in his system. On Monday, Fiedor was sentenced to 20 years for intoxication assault.
During the sentencing hearing tears flowed from family and friends of both the victim and the defendant. Although dealing with his own tragedy, the victim's brother sympathizes with those close to Fiedor.
"I do feel sorry for them," explained Redell Wooten. "He has a family just like I do and that burden that he has goes over to his family."
Deputy Constable Jeffrey Wooten remains in the hospital.