OPD officer hurt in hit-and-run speaks for 1st time since crash

Officer William Anderson suffered severe brain injury after being run over by car

News 6 at 4:00p
News 6 at 4:00p

The Orlando police officer who was badly injured after being run over by a car in July opened up for the first time about the incident at an emotional news conference.

Officer William Anderson was surrounded by his wife, daughter and service dog at Orlando Police Headquarters Wednesday afternoon and said he's seeing very little improvement after being released from the hospital.

"I miss being the active and involved father and husband that I used to be," said Anderson. "I miss being a police officer. I spend a lot of time feeling depressed, as mine and my family's entire lifestyle has changed. And I worry that I will never fully recover from my injuries."

Anderson suffered a severe brain injury from the hit and run, and now uses a cane to get around. He says he can't even hold his 19-month-old daughter Abby, which hurts him the worst.

"We used to go on trips every other weekend, and we haven't been able to do that," said Anderson. "I can't even drive, I have to have my wife drive me places."

"It's heart-wrenching to watch him go through that, because I know if he has his way, he'd be back on the street catching bad guys," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

Mina says he watches the chilling dash cam video that shows the entire incident all the time, and says it's a reminder about just how dangerous this job can be.

While Anderson says his road to recovery is lengthy, he still has dreams of coming back to the department, but says getting better for his family comes first.

"My daughter and my wife are the ones who are keeping me going, because without them I don't know what I would be doing," said Anderson.

The teenagers accused of running over Anderson, Edward Kelty, 17, and Angel Nieves, 17, are both being tried as adults. 

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