Trooper Sam Shacklette's cruiser. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The red SUV that hit Trooper Shacklette and vehicle that he was standing outside of when he was hit. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky State Police trooper hit by an SUV over the Labor Day weekend remains in a hospitalized.
Trooper Sam Shacklette was making a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in southern Bullitt County at the time he was hit on Aug. 30. Shacklette, who was working his last shift on the road before retirement, was thrown 50 feet by the impact.
Shacklette was rushed to University of Louisville Hospital. He suffered a back fracture and internal bleeding. Trooper Jeff Gregory, public affairs officer for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said Shackellte has had some rough nights but his fellow troopers are optimistic that he'll will be recovering at home within a few days.
"Considering he got hit standing on the side of the interstate by a car running 55, 60, 65 miles an hour, it's a best-case scenario," said Gregory."
The driver of the SUV was cited for no insurance, having an expired license and failing to yield for a stopped emergency vehicle.