Texas officer recounts brush with death after on duty motorcycle accident


By Wendy Hundley
Dallas Morning News

FLOWER MOUND, Texas — Police Officer Kevin Schmidt walks with a little stiffness these days, and he admits to lingering pain in his shoulder.

But the 37-year-old Flower Mound cop isn't complaining after surviving a horrific on-duty motorcycle accident 18 months ago that nearly claimed his life.

"I was told that nobody thought I would make it," Schmidt said last week during a break from his traffic patrol duties. He doesn't remember the July 25, 2007, crash. Accounts say he was pursuing a motorist eastbound on Cross Timbers Road when a driver in a Toyota Camry turned in front of him. Unable to avoid a collision, Schmidt struck the passenger side of the Camry. The impact threw him more than 70 feet and knocked his helmet from his head.

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