RICHMOND, Texas —
A Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputy was critically injured in a crash in his patrol car.
Deputy John Norsworthy was responding to a stolen vehicle report about 6:45 p.m. Monday.
Investigators said Norsworthy had to swerve to avoid a driver who didn’t yield to emergency lights, and ended up crashing his patrol car, which overturned, and Norsworthy was pinned inside.
Norsworthy was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Doctors said he has had multiple surgeries and they believe they found and controlled the source of his internal bleeding. He is in an induced coma. He has received more than 60 units of donated blood.
More than 100 employees from the sheriff’s office went to the hospital to support Norsworthy, and some donated blood to help him. They also hope others will come out to help Norsworthy, too.
“We do have a blood drive organized at our office tomorrow, and we are encouraging anyone that can to give blood in his name,” Chief Deputy Craig Brady said.
Norsworthy previously served as an officer in the Rosenberg Police Department, where donations are also being collected.
Norsworthy is married and had a 16-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter.
“They are actually so distraught they are not talking much,” Brady said. “They do appreciate the support. We would like to ask everyone out there to continue praying for him and his family. There are signs of hope. He is still with us, so we are hoping he pulls through.”
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office’s blood drive will be held at 1410 Williams Way Blvd. in Richmond from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is also accepting donations at all of its locations. People wishing to donate in his name should give the blood center group number 5642 for Norsworthy to receive credit.