A Harker Heights police officer speaks out for the first time ever since a motorcycle crash nearly took his life.
“I was just doing my job, and I almost lost my life,” says Officer Clyde Hicks.
Even with a broken shoulder, memory loss and a cane to balance his steps, Hicks is grateful to see another day.
“I”m able to wake up next to my wife and tell my kids that I love them,” Hicks says.
He doesn’t remember much about what happened on June 30.
“Basically, all I remember is starting up my motorcycle in the driveway and heading into work,” Hicks said.
According to Harker Heights Police, Hicks was attempting to catch a traffic violator on the Knights Way Bridge turn around just after noon that day, when he lost control of the bike.
“In the video, there was a front-end wobble. I stood the bike up to try to slow the bike down, but I ran out of room before I hit the curb. Once the back tire came over the curb, that’s when it basically bucked me off,” Hicks said.
An ambulance took Hicks to Temple’s Baylor Scott and White Hospital.
“It looks like I landed on my left side and broke my clavicle and scapula. And hitting my head caused a brain bleed,” Hicks said.
Hicks spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. Now he’s recovering at home.
While it’s been an uphill battle to regain his strength, he says overwhelming support from the community makes it all worthwhile.
“There are people that have received citations from me that have reached out to me and wish me the best and tell me that they’re praying for me,” Hicks said.