One of the police officers who was injured whilst setting up a random breath test site at Luemeah is out of surgery after having more of his leg amputated.
Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields Command officers Senior Constable Jonathon ‘Jono’ Wright and Senior Constable Matthew Foley were struck by 22-year-old Ruse man Jakob Thornton.
The driver allegedly veered into them while checking his phone on Friday, February 16.
Senior Constable Wright had surgery at Liverpool Hospital this morning to remove the remainder of his lower leg and knee.
He is now recovering in the ward.
The police officer had already had his foot amputated following the crash.
Close friend of the Wrights and founder of the GoFundMe page, Amber Nielson, said she and the family hoped this surgery would be the last for the Campbelltown cop.
“Every day is a new hurdle for the family,” she said. “It is exhausting.
“They feel they are in a nightmare that they are not waking up from.
“The effect is more than the loss of Jono’s leg.
“Their home has to be remodelled as well.
“Every facet of their lives has been changed.”
The GoFundMe page has now reached nearly $109,000, which will help ease some of the financial pressure of the family while Senior Constable Wright recovers.
Yesterday Senior Constable Wright expressed his heartfelt thanks to the community for their outpouring of support and donations.
“My family and I are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of our local and greater community,” he said.
“Thank you for all the support and well wishes.
“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support and kindness from every person, community group and business.
“All the donations, including monetary, meals and groceries have certainly relieved pressure throughout this traumatic time.
“I am truly grateful that these donations have provided my wife some time to focus on our kids while they try and deal with their dad being in hospital.
“I hope to be home shortly after this surgery and [hope to get] myself back on track [and] spending time with my family.”
Senior Constable Matthew Foley has been released from hospital.
A GoFundMe page for the police officer, by Macquarie Fields Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, has raised more than $30,000.
The alleged driver Jakob Thornton remains in custody and is awaiting his next court appearance on March 7.
Thornton has been charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and using a mobile phone whilst driving.