EUGENE, Ore. — Co-workers and friends of a Lane County sheriff’s deputy and his wife who were involved in a hit-and-run say the agency has been brought to its knees.
While vacationing in Mexico the couple became victims of a hit-and-run outside their hotel. Deputy Drew Wattier and his wife, Michelle, are still in critical condition but they are stable.
At least one family member is able to be at the hospital with the couple. Friends and co-workers at the Lane County Sheriff’s Office are keeping them in their thoughts. Sergeant Carrie Carver says Deputy Wattier has been with the sheriff’s office for more than a decade and is a staple in the community and in his line of work. The couple was just a few days into their vacation.
“This has taken the entire agency down to its knees…we have doctors up here trying to communicate with doctors down there, and of course the sheriff’s office is working very hard, along with his friends and family to get their immediate family down to Mexico so they can be by Drew and Michelle’s side,” said Sgt. Carrie Carver, Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Although details are scarce and deputies don’t believe anyone has been arrested for the hit-and-run, they hope that resort staff who witnessed the accident can help. Sgt. Carver says their focus right now is to get Deputy Wattier and his wife medically stable and bring them home. An assistance fund for the family has been set up at SELCO Community Credit Union.