NCSHP Trooper Paralyzed After West Charlotte Motorcycle Crash Transported To Atlanta Rehabilitation Center
Trooper Chris Wooten was transported to Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta Thursday, according to officials, where he will continue his treatment process following a paralyzing accident on July 22nd.
Members of the NCSHP joined Trooper Wooten and his family as they traveled to and departed from the airport Thursday. They were then escorted to the rehabilitation center by members of the Georgia State Patrol once they arrived in Atlanta.
“The overwhelming amount of support offered by our law enforcement partners, medical staff, other first responders and the public is unmatched and truly expresses the appreciation for Chris’ law enforcement service,” said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “I want to personally thank every person who has assisted the Wooten family thus far as I know they are extremely grateful.”
A GoFundMe account has been established for Trooper Wooten and his family. Anyone wishing to donate or get more information can do so by clicking HERE.
Update (July 26, 2019):
Officials say Trooper Chris Wooten has suffered a “complete spinal cord injury at the top of the spine, which is resulting in paralysis from the neck down.”
The announcement was made in a statement released Friday afternoon following several surgeries throughout the week to repair Wooten’s damaged vertebrae and spinal column.
Dear Patrol Family,
Over the past four days, updates have been disseminated regarding the status of Trooper Wooten, to ensure each of you are aware of his latest prognosis. While we all have joined together in praying for a speedy recovery, I deliver this message with a very heavy heart.
Doctors have been monitoring Chris’ recovery around the clock while providing the best medical care and attention for his condition. Unfortunately, after the performance of several medical procedures, which included surgery to fuse and decompress his C1-C5 vertebrae and stabilize the spinal column, it was determined that Chris suffered significant spinal cord trauma during the crash. At the moment, the surgeons are classifying the injury as a complete spinal cord injury at the top of the spine, which is resulting in paralysis from the neck down.
On Wednesday, Chris had surgery for a tracheostomy and a feeding tube, which also went well and will hopefully lead to better communication down the road. In the coming weeks, Chris will begin rehabilitation in preparation to return home. Ultimately, Chris and his family have a long road of recovery ahead and they are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and support.
Chris’ beloved wife, Sharon, and the entire Wooten family have requested I express their heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming amount of support offered by our Patrol members both sworn and civilian. Personally, I am so proud to see how so many have put themselves aside while aiding Chris and his family in such time of enormous need.
To assist the Wooten family, an account under Christopher and Sharon Wooten Special Account has been established at the NC State Employees Credit Union. Those wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting any NCSECU branch. Your continuous support is appreciated.
My prayer is that God continues to provide comfort to Chris, the Wooten family and to every member of this amazing organization. We must continue to stand together to overcome the adversity we all share due to Chris’ absence. May God continue to bless Chris, Sharon, their daughters, Kylee and Madison, and the entire Patrol family during this difficult time.
On Tuesday, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Commander, Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr. said Wooten’s condition was steadily improving but gave no specifics on his injuries.
Trooper Wooten was taken to the hospital in critical condition following Monday morning’s accident.
Update (July 24, 2019):
CMPD has charged the suspect they say was involved in a west Charlotte pursuit that left a trooper with the NCSHP in critical condition following an accident Monday morning.
Dontay Kilgo, 36, is charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Flee to Elude, Reckless Driving, Failure to Heed to Blue Lights, Driving While License Revoked, and Possession of Marijuana.
Police say Kilgo was driving the vehicle Trooper Wooten was pursuing on his motorcycle Monday morning when he was hit by a truck while going through the intersection of Queen City Drive and Tuckaseegee.
According to records with the NC Department of Public Safety, Kilgo has several convictions on multiple drug related charges dating back to 2004.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Original Story (July 22, 2019):
CHARLOTTE, NC — A trooper with the NC State Highway Patrol is in critical condition after being hit during a pursuit early Monday morning.
Police say the accident happened around 9:30 a.m at the intersection of Queen City Drive and Tuckaseegee.
The trooper, identified as 14-year veteran Christopher Wooten, was attempting to stop a vehicle, officials say, when he traveled through a red light and collided with a truck that had a green light.
Trooper Wooten is assigned to the Patrol’s motorcycle unit and was on his bike when he tried to initiate the stop.
An eyewitness says the trooper was thrown a substantial distance in the air when he was struck by the vehicle. According to officials, Trooper Wooten is listed in critical condition.
The truck’s driver remained at the scene, but the vehicle the trooper was attempting to stop did not.
Investigators are now attempting to locate that vehicle of interest, which can be seen in the photos above and below.
The vehicle is described as gray or silver late 1990s Toyota Avalon with a missing hood and a 30 day tag. The vehicle was being driven by a black male wearing prescription glasses, according to CMPD.
Anyone with information about this vehicle and its whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.