Columbia, S.C. Police Officer Pete Conklin is recovering from serious injuries in an intensive care unit after being injured in a collision on Interstate 126 late Tuesday afternoon.
Conklin, a five-year veteran of the agency who’s assigned to the Metro Region’s Community Response Team, continues to recover in the intensive care unit.
Lance Corporal David Jones says Conklin was helping a driver whose car had broken down in the far right lane near the Broad River Road Bridge when he was struck by a car around 6 p.m. Conklin was struck by a 2014 Honda Civic, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said late Tuesday night.
“There was also a tow truck that was there with lights flashing,” Jones said.
The person in the vehicle that struck Conklin was also taken to the hospital for what are described as minor injuries.
From the Facebook page of the Columbia Police Foundation who posted the following information on:
PLEASE JOIN Columbia Police Foundation & The Columbia Police Department, SC in helping Office Pete Conklin and his family with their medical expenses. Officer Conklin was injured in the line of duty. On Tuesday Officer Conklin pulled over to help a motorist on the side of the road when he was struck by another vehicle. He was seriously injured, and remains in ICU after emergency surgery. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
The The Columbia Police Department, SC posted the following on their Facebook page as updates to Officer Conklin’s condition:
May 25 at 12:11pm · OFFICER INJURED UPDATE
Officer Pete Conklin continues to recover in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital. He’s been surrounded by immediate relatives and his CPD family throughout the day.
If you would like to offer your well-wishes to Conklin, send your cards or letters to Columbia Police Headquarters located at #1 Justice Square, Columbia, SC 29201.
We will make sure Conklin knows he’s loved and apreciated by so many!
May 24 at 9:39pm · OFFICER INJURED UPDATE:
Police Chief Skip Holbrook appreciates all of the support and prayers for the on-duty Officer who was hit and injured by a vehicle on I-126 earlier this evening.
Officer Pete Conklin is out of surgery after being treated for injuries sustained during the incident; the most serious wounds are to his arm. Officer Conklin continues to recover in the intensive care unit at a local hospital.
Officer Conklin is a 5-year veteran of the Columbia Police Department and is currently assigned to the Metro Region’s Community Response Team.
CPD Officers were initially responding to a collision and a separate disabled motorist incident when Officer Conklin was struck.
The SC Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.
Officer Conklin’s GoFundMe Page is located here:
The Columbia Police Foundation & The Columbia Police Department need your help TODAY!
Officer Pete Conklin was injured in the line of duty. Tuesday Officer Conklin pulled over to help a motorist on the side of the road when he was struck by another vehicle. He was seriously injured, and remains in ICU after emergency surgery
Officer Conklin and his colleagues take care of us by risking their lives everyday, putting themselves in harms way, and protecting our streets while we eat, sleep, work, travel, etc…
PLEASE JOIN US IN HELPING HIM AND HIS FAMILY
The cost is going to add up quickly and there are always unforseen medical expenses for those injured and their family. We at The Columbia Police Foundation and Police Department appreciate your outpouring of love and support
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