SAN MARCOS, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - The San Marcos Police Department provided an update on Officer Claudia Cormier who was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
In a news conference, officials say Cormier lost a leg after being hit on May 18.
San Marcos Police Chief Stapp says many things fell into place that allowed Cormier to survive the crash.
Stapp says that one of the first people to stop and her Cormier was a nurse who works at the hospital where Cormier is currently recovering.
The nurse wsa able to apply makeshift tourniquets to Cormier's injuries and medical professionals say "unequivocally" that those tourniquets saved Cormier's life.
Cormier was taken to an area hospital and underwent emergency surgery. She regained consciouness on May 20.
Stapp says Cormier has contacted him and says she wants to return to work after sher recovers but that she does have several surgeries ahead of her.
Stapp says the driver, 59-year-old Neil Sheehan, has been released from jail after posting bond. He is facing several charges including intoxication assault on a public servant which is a second degree felony.