Chicago - 61-year-old Leslie Thurow was sentenced on December 1st to 13 years in prison for driving drunk and running over Trooper Michael Cokins.
On September 6, 2014, Trooper Michael Cokins was conducting a traffic stop at I-294 near St. Charles Road when he was struck by a maroon Honda CRV.
The driver of the Honda did not stop after hitting Trooper Cokins, but kept going a a high rate of speed. The Honda then crashed into an SUV which was transporting a large family, causing the SUV to roll. The driver's rampage finally came to an end when she struck the concrete median.
The Honda's driver, Leslie Thurow, was arrested for aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated reckless driving. A blood test showed that her alcohol level was over double the legal limit.
Trooper Michael Cokins suffered 15 broken bones and underwent 8 surgeries. Rather than take a medical retirement, this hero went through 17 months of physical therapy and fought his way back into a condition where he was fit for duty. Trooper Cokins was allowed to return to full duty on May 1, 2016.
It seems that every month we are seeing a hero get killed or maimed by a DUI driver. After watching the video of the incident, it's clear that it's nothing short of a miracle that Trooper Cokins was able to survive.
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