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Injured CHP Officer is thankful to be home

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's been nearly seven weeks since a hit and run accident involving an off-duty CHP officer in Fresno.

Fresno Police still have nothing to go on but the description of a truck.

The 35-year-old officer, Lincoln McKenna is back in the valley after eleven surgeries in San Francisco.

Despite the accident, the McKenna family has much to be thankful for.

CHP Sergeant Lincoln McKenna and his wife Melinda had just closed escrow on this new house in Madera September 29th and were preparing to celebrate that night ... in an instant ... their lives were upended.

Lincoln McKenna said, "I remember accelerating from the light. I see this guy coming back up driving crazy again coming up on vehicles slamming on his brakes weaving in and out of traffic and I remember thinking to myself ... I gotta get away from this guy."

The next thing McKenna remembers is a silver truck barreling into the side of his motorcycle. He was traveling along Herndon Avenue in heavy rush hour traffic. His motorcycle hit the curb near Herndon Avenue and Palm flipping him into a pole. The impact severed his right leg just below the knee.

Lincoln McKenna's wife Melinda said, "There's a reason why we're here. Our lives will never be the same. We're more grateful for our family and our friends and for each other."

During the six weeks Lincoln was in the hospital in the Bay Area, dozens of friends from church and work did a little remodeling of the McKenna's newly purchased home.

New carpet ... new walls ... fresh paint ... even a complete bathroom remodel.

Lincoln says he's overwhelmed by the show of support from others. It has helped him heal, both physically and emotionally

Lincoln McKenna said, "It's not really too much anger. More or less now it's sadness ... that it's going to take time to get back to how it was."

Lincoln looks forward to being able to stand up on crutches and help out with a new baby girl due in March. Doctors tell him he will be fitted with a prosthesis as soon as his leg wounds heal.

Investigators are still asking for the public's help in finding the driver of the truck that hit McKenna. The truck is described as a silver 4-door Toyota Tundra. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Fresno Police Department.

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hit and run, california highway patrol, fresno, fresno county, local, liz harrison
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