Prayer vigil for Hazelwood officer critically injured in crash

HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR)-There has been an outpouring of prayers and support for critically injured Hazelwood Police Officer, Craig Tudor, 37. Community members have even organized a prayer vigil at the police department tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Officers spent the day bouncing back and forth between the police department and hospital, where Tudor remained in critical condition. He’s an 11 year Hazelwood Police veteran.

Police say Tudor was driving on Dunn Road, responding to an emergency call with his lights and siren activated Thursday afternoon, just before 5:00 p.m.; an oncoming driver turned left from Dunn into the a shopping center and hit Tudor’s car, which which went off the road, hit an embankment and overturned.

Tudor’s wife told friends via social media that he’d suffered spinal fractures and undergone surgery; his prognosis was unclear but he likely faced a long road to recovery. She asked for continued prayers. Those prayers were pouring Friday, from the accident scene to the police department.

“We saw our doctor running by the window,” said Kim Wigton, a worker in a medical building near the crash site. “He said he heard an accident. "We saw all the sirens and came out to see what happened. We walked out of the building to see the car was upside down over by that big sign…then they brought the ambulance over here to load him onto the helicopter. We just said a prayer for him that he would be OK. “Prayers …” said a coworker.

"Prayers to all officers that are out there doing things for the community. They put their life at risk at every day. So we thank you and continue to pray for him.”

Officer Tudor is still in the hospital. His condition hasn’t changed since last night,” Hazelwood Police Lt. Mike Brady said early Friday night. “We were just down at the hospital. His fellow employees are hanging tight with him and lot of prayer’s being said for him.”

The Hazelwood Police Department Benevolent Association has started a GoFundMepage to help Tudor’s family with medical expenses. The other driver told FOX 2 she was suffering back pain and had seen a doctor but her five year old daughter who was also in the car, was not hurt.

There was no word of any citations Friday afternoon.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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