WACO, Texas – UPDATE: As of Monday afternoon, Allen West has left Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest and was making his way home.
“So we wanted to give him a good Central Texas Republican send-off, and that’s exactly what we are doing,” says John Ker, the Republican Chair in McLennan County.
Allen West walked out of the hospital into a sea of supporters.
“He had been involved in an open Texas rally at the Capitol. He and another motorcyclist were headed back up to the Garland area, and as I understand, a vehicle changed lanes when it was unsafe and Allen hit his brakes, the other motorcycle ran into Allen, and they both tumbled into the wall,” says Ker.
An eager crowd gathered at the hospital’s doors waiting for West to walk out.
“I’m very happy to be here. Especially because he gets to go home a lot sooner then anyone had anticipated,” says Ker.
And West is just happy to be alive.
“I feel good. Like I said, I’m used to jumping out of airplanes, not flying through the air on a motorcycle,” says West.
Allen West is recovering, in stable condition, and has his family with him.
West is currently dealing with a concussion, several fractured bones, and multiple lacerations.
He will resume his normal calendar of activities as given clearance by his medical team.
Original Story Below:
Retired Lt. Col. Allen West is recovering in Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest Sunday after being involved in a crash on his motorcycle.
According to the former Florida representative’s website, West was returning from Austin where he attended a ‘Free Texas Rally’ when the crash happened Saturday.
Texas DPS tells FOX44 News the crash took place near mile marker 353 on northbound I-35. That is in West. A car changed lanes in front of Lt. Col. West and another motorcyclist, and the pair crashed into each other while avoiding the car.
Both riders were taken to Baylor Scott & White with what is described as non-life threatening injuries.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush sent out a tweet in support of Lt. Col. West Saturday evening.
Lt. Col. West is now a member of the Texas State Guard, a contributor to Fox News, and author of several books. He is also running for the Republican Party of Texas Chair.
West’s campaign manager tells FOX44 News that he is expected to be released from the hospital Monday.