Utah Trooper released from hospital after hit by car, honored with parade in Parowan

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 23:16:31-04

PAROWAN, Utah - The Utah Highway Patrol trooper who was hit by a car in Cedar City and critically injured weeks ago has been released from the hospital Monday.

Trooper David Schiers was helping with another accident on I-15 when a car lost control and slammed into him, pinning him underneath.

“They describe it as his feet are straddling the front driver’s side wheel, the car is over half of his body, and he was screaming and yelling, trying to get released from this vehicle as individuals are trying to pick this vehicle up off of him,” Trooper Danny Fuhr said of the crash.

UHP released an update on Schiers condition back last week saying he wasn't getting better, he was actually getting worse.

On top of all his broken bones, he came down with a fever, a sign of possible infection.

However, almost two weeks later, he has been released from the hospital and is on the road to recovery.

UHP said he was in good spirits when he left the hospital.

Troopers said Schiers is on his way home to Parowan and will be honored down Main St. when he arrives.

So far, there is no word on when Schiers will return to the force.

The wet weather conditions are being blamed as the cause of the accident.

UHP says an average of 21 troopers get hit every year by cars, and most of the time it is during inclement weather.

However, they said most of these accidents can be prevented if people just slow down and move over when they see the flashing lights ahead.

“The number one goal of Utah Highway Patrol is for every single trooper to arrive home safely, and it’s troubling when we have to respond to the hospital and you walk in and you see one of your troopers lying on their back with a tube sticking out of their throat,” Fuhr said.

His wife and three children were at his bedside the whole time he was in the hospital.

The Cedar City Police Department is still investigating whether or not the driver of the BMW will face any charges.