Amarillo officer injured in collision last year dies

Amarillo officer injured in collision last year dies

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo officer Justin Scherlen, who was severely injured during a wreck while on duty last September, has died, according to sources close to the family.

The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle confirmed Scherlen's passing to NewsChannel10 Thursday evening. The organization, which provides financial and emotional assistance to the families of officers injured or killed in the line of duty, later gave its condolences in a post on Facebook.

Scherlen, 39, was responding to a routine call when he was struck directly by a Jeep that crossed into his lane on September 8 of last year.

Scherlen suffered severe injuries to his legs, hips and back and underwent several surgeries before he was released from the hospital nearly two months later.

Police said excessive speed was a factor in the crash, though no citations were issued.

Scherlen served a member of the Amarillo Police Department's Honor Guard, Dive Team, and Uniform Division. He was a 12-year veteran of the force.

APD acknowledged Scherlen's passing late Thursday while expressing gratitude on behalf of the family for the community's support.

Funeral services are pending.

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