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Trooper Returns After Miraculous Recovery
Trooper Matt Mitchell is back on patrol in Madison County for the first time since September of 2012.
"Oh it's great to be back," he says, 13 months after being hit by an SUV during a traffic stop on the intersection of 19 and Crooked Creek Road.
Trooper Mitchell suffered severe brain swelling and was in an induced coma for 12 days. He also suffered a broken ankle and bruises all over.
"And I really truly think I'm here because of the prayers," says Mitchell. "It's nothing but a miracle that I'm here."
"They told my family that if I did survive I'd be a vegetable," he recalls.
His return to work was part of a long healing process. Mitchell decided to go back to the scene of his near death. He issued his first ticket at 10:40 AM. Ironically, the citation was for failing to move over.
"And she asked if I could give her a warning, and I said no ma'am," Mitchell told the woman. "13 months ago today right down the road I said I almost lost my life because of someone failing to move over."
Trooper Mitchell says putting personal pain in his rear view mirror won't be easy.
"In the back of my mind, I'll never forget what happened," he explains. "It's something I'll have to live with the rest of my life."
Mitchell says the driver who hit him was charged with reckless driving and received one year probation.
By: John Le
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