About six weeks after being critically injured in a deadly crash involving five high school students near Beaverton, St. Paul resident Michael Trotter has been discharged from the hospital.
As dozens of his law enforcement co-workers showed up to cheer him on, Trotter was transferred on June 7 to a rehab facility to continue his long road to recovery.
Not long after midnight on April 27, the Washingotn County Sheriff's deputy was on duty when the teenage driver of a Nissan Altima ran a red light at Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and Murray Boulevard. The Nissan, piloted by Southridge student Xavier Denzel Rodriguez, slammed into the side of Trotter's patrol vehicle. Rodriguez was indicted in late May on felony charges, including first-, second- and third-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless driving and DUII.
The massive turnout for Trotter's hospital discharge included people from all departments in the sheriff's office..
It's not clear if Trotter will return to his job as his left leg and pelvis were severely damaged in the crash. Colleagues commented that the focus right now is on him recovering from the crash, then getting home to his wife, Heather, and their 3-year-old son.
The crash killed two Southridge students and three others were transported to the hospital in critical condition..
Rodriguez was released from the hospital May 27 and taken into police custody before his arraignment.
(Editor's note: KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin news partner, contributed to this report)
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