By JEREMY TANNER
6:12 PM EDT, July 24, 2010
BRONX, N.Y. (WPIX)
Carlos Olmedo, the NYPD officer who spent 11 days in a coma after being struck by a motorcycle while chasing suspected car thieves, uttered two words upon regaining consciousness: " Derek Jeter."
On Saturday, Pix 11 News helped the hero cop who came so close to death meet the New York Yankees and, of course, their team captain.
PIX 11 News contacted Yankees President Randy Levine with news of the miraculous recovery, and Levine gladly invited Olmedo, his family, and his 62nd Precinct sergeant to the ballpark.
Olmedo arrived at Yankee Stadium with his wife, Abigail, and their 7-month-old son Jeremiah. After a tour of the stadium, the 31-year-old Olmedo shook hands and spoke with manager Joe Girardi, C.C. Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and others before being invited onto the field before the game.
Derek Jeter met Olmedo in the clubhouse with a handshake and said, "Welcome back." When the Yankees shortstop found out that the Brooklyn cop's first words as he emerged from the coma were his name, the Jeter smiled and joked, "It depends on what he was thinking about when he said it."
Olmedo's recovery has been remarkable considering the damage done to his body from the crash. He has a sizeable hole in the left side of his head and his ankle was shattered after the impact from the motorcycle sent him flying through the air. Doctors have implanted a portion of his skull in his stomach while they wait to re-attach it next month.
The crash left Officer Olmedo in such bad shape that Mayor Bloomberg said the following after visiting Lutheran Hospital in May: "He is in very grave condition, he's being treated by the best doctors that are here. At this point I think it's in the hands of God."
Olmedo and his partner were chasing three car theft suspects across the intersection of 84th Street and 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst, when a motorcycle struck him.
The suspects, Mario Koruni, Sefer Mujo and Tiku Qoko, each face charges of assault causing an injury during the commission of a felony, assault on a non-participant during the commission of a felony and criminal possession of stolen property. The motorcycle driver was not charged because the collision was deemed an accident.
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