As a Wethersfield police officer recovers in the hospital after being hit by a car, a teenage driver who he was there to help is taking the time to say thank you.
Officer Peter McGee was responding to a minor fender-bender on Wells Road near Wolcott Hill Road Tuesday night. While he was responding, he was struck by another vehicle.
“When a man is hit by a car, you definitely hear it,” Atlee Myers said. “The whole experience for me was very overwhelming. It was overwhelming for everyone involved.”
Myers, 16, of Wethersfield was waiting in the car for Officer McGee to do the report on her accident when she heard the other. While those around her panicked, she says Officer McGee stayed calm.
“He really did help the whole situation, which is surprising because he was the one on the ground,” Myers said.
While Officer McGee was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his leg and back, Myers went home and started to write a letter.
“I would like to send my best wishes for a speedy recovery and thanks to this amazing man and all those in service at the department,” Myers said while reading the letter.
After she sent it to the Wethersfield Police Department, they shared it on their Facebook page.
Dozens of comments followed from residents who say Officer McGee has been there for them too.
“He made my day so the least I could back is try and give the same respect,” Myers said.
She hopes to say thank you in person once Officer McGee is out of the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
As for the driver who hit him, so far no charges have been filed. Investigators were back on the scene Wednesday night doing a traffic study. Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.