Officer recovering after losing leg in crash

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego police officer was recovering in a hospital Tuesday from severe injuries, including the partial loss of a leg, he suffered in an off-duty weekend motorcycle accident on an East County road.


Detective James “Chappie” Hunter is visited in the hospital by Chopper the Biker Dog.

Sex-crimes Detective James “Chappie” Hunter was riding to the east on Alpine Boulevard when a teenage student driver made a left turn directly in front of him near East Victoria Drive shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday,  the California Highway Patrol reported.

The impact threw Hunter, 41, into the windshield of the girl’s car, breaking his left arm, severing his left leg below the knee and leaving him with internal injuries. Medics airlifted him to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Monday afternoon, Hunter tweeted from his hospital room that he was doing great and thanked everyone for their support. A photograph posted on Facebook showed a smiling Hunter being visited by Chopper the Biker Dog, a dog that has appeared on local television.

Hunter, a fitness enthusiast and married father of a young boy, has been with the San Diego Police Department for 19 years. As part of his current duties, he trains police around the country in techniques to combat domestic human trafficking, said Rollin Bush, spokesman for the San Diego Police Officers Association.

The SDPOA has created a donation fund to help Hunter’s family with medical expenses. Anyone wishing to made a tax-deductible contribution is asked to send a check payable to the agency, with “Detective Chappie Hunter” written on the memo line, to the association’s offices, 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA 92111.