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Orlando police officer hurt in hit-and-run to be discharged from in-patient facility

William Anderson to continue speech, physical therapy after traumatic brain injury

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando police officer injured when he was run down during a traffic stop earlier this month is scheduled to be discharged from the in-patient facility on Thursday.

A new update, which included a picture of Anderson recovering, posted on Tuesday on the GoFundMe website for Officer William Anderson said that Anderson will continue to receive speech and physical therapy through Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

"He is so happy to be going home where he can spend more time with his family and friends," the post said. "We again want to express our gratitude to our family, friends, the community and our OPD family for the continued prayers, support and assistance during this time. We are so overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of others. We have been so blessed!"

Anderson's wife said last week that Anderson had been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Anderson was hurt July 13 when he pulled over a car while investigating a call about shots fired on Kirkman Road.

[LINK: Officer Anderson's GoFundMe page]

Investigators said Anderson went around the front of the car, when a passenger in that vehicle started running. Police said at the same time, the driver, 17-year-old Edward Kelty, sped up and hit Anderson.

Kelty, along with two other teens were arrested. Kelty has been charged with attempted second-degree murder on a law enforcement officer. Angel Nieves, 17, has been charged with tampering with evidence.

Alfonza Singleton, 17,  faces charges of resisting without violence.

[RELATED: Dash-cam video shows police officer run over]

More than $47,000 has been raised to support Anderson.