by: Mike Petchenik Updated:ROSWELL, Ga. —
A close friend of a Roswell police officer injured off duty in a motorcycle wreck two weeks ago said David Booth remains in critical condition.
Booth, a 15-year veteran of the Roswell Police Department, was riding his motorcycle on Interstate 575 in Cobb County Feb. 28 when police said the driver of a Toyota Camry rear-ended him.
Emergency crews took Booth by chopper to Grady Memorial Hospital with extensive injuries.
Cobb County police were still investigating the crash and had not charged anyone as of Friday, Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt reported.
“He has undergone three surgeries and is still in an unconscious state,” said Sgt. Jason Wescott, reading from a statement from Booth’s family. “His recovery will be challenging with an uncertain outcome.”
Wescott said Booth’s family is limiting visitors to prevent infection while he recovers.
Booth was wrapping up an off-duty job escorting a funeral procession when the wreck happened, Wescott said.
“He loves motorcycles in general, especially Harley Davidsons,” Wescott told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “Him and I have done several motorcycle trips together. We’ve done a motorcycle trip across the United States on Route 66.”
Wescott said Booth often volunteers to do charity work when he’s not patrolling Roswell’s streets.
“Very kind-hearted person,” he said. “He gives back to the community.”
Wescott said he’s heard from officers in Roswell and elsewhere with prayers for Booth’s recovery.
“(They) have really tried to rally around Mr. Booth for us to do whatever we can to try and help him and get him through this very difficult time,” he said. “We’re probably looking at eight to 12 months before he’d come back to full duty and I can’t wait to see his smiling face back here again.”
Booth’s family has set up a fund at Wells Fargo Bank branches to collect donations for the injured officer. Those seeking to donate can do so to the “Donations for David Booth” fund.