WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — It has been almost four years since former Warren Police Officer Ken Hubert was hit by a pickup truck while directing traffic. Now, his peers are helping him raise funds to pay for his medical bills.
"My life changed pretty quickly, unexpectedly,” Hubert said.
It was June 23, 2015 when Hubert was directing traffic at 13 Mile and Hoover. In the middle of doing his job, a pickup truck hit him from behind.
“The next thing I remember is becoming conscious and laying on the ground and looking around and noticing everything is really fuzzy ,and being in a lot of pain,” he said.
The driver was charged with a civil infraction, sentenced to 80 hours community service, fined, and his license suspended. As for Hubert, he is lucky to be alive, but his life is changed forever. He suffered a traumatic brain injury.
“I'm in chronic pain everyday – neck pain, back pain,” Hubert said.
His injuries are so bad that he will never be a cop again, and is not medically retired as a police officer. That being said, he will always be a part of the Warren Police Department in the eyes of his peers. This Saturday, the police department will be hosting a charity hockey game with the Warren police going against Sterling Heights police.
The game will be held at Fraser Hockeyland in Fraser on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and can also be purchased online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will go to Hubert.
Hubert is now studying cyber security for his next career move. He says he is grateful to be alive.
“You’re only here once so you got to make the best of what you have and you know that is kind of where I am at and focusing on the future now,” Hubert said.