What was supposed to be a normal highway traffic stop left this police officer clinging to his life.
Illinois State Trooper Michael Cokins was conducting a routine traffic stop on a busy Chicago highway when things took a near-deadly turn. While talking with a driver along the side of the road, he was struck by a passing vehicle driven by Leslie Thurow. He was thrown into the windshield of the Jeep he had stopped, while Thurow collided with an SUV and eventually hit the concrete median. It was later discovered that Thurow had been drunk during the ordeal.
Watch the moment Trooper Cokins’ life flashed before his eyes.
(via Daily Mail)
Cokins survived, but was left with 15 broken bones. He had to undergo a series of surgeries and physical therapy, and was off duty for nearly 17 months.
After over a year of uncertainty, Cokins was finally able to return to the job he loves in May. This past week, he and Thurow met in court. The 61-year-old woman, who had previously served jail time for a prior drunk-driving incident, was given a 13-year sentence.