Kristina Tikal with Tomball Police Dept hit, injured by car during investigation

According to the Houston Chronicle, Tomball Police Department patrol officer Kristina Tikal suffered a fractured shoulder blade when she was knocked down by a vehicle during a January 2, 2012 incident. Officer Tikal apparently walked up on a 17-year old female about to have sex with a male companion in a parked vehicle: the teenager sped away from the scene, striking Officer Tikal. The officer also sustained a hip injury, an elbow injury and abrasions to her arms and legs: she was treated and released from Tomball Regional Hospital.

Apparently the scene unfolded when Officer Tikal was leaving her apartment to head to work and noticed a Honda Civic parked with the rear door open, and when she walked up on the vehicle the male and female were in the back of the vehicle with no pants on. As the officer radioed for backup the female climbed into the driver’s seat and put the Honda in reverse: she disregarded the officer’s instructions to stop and reversed at high speed, knocking the officer about 10 feet. The Honda also struck a parked pickup truck before speeding away. An anonymous tip lead police to the Honda’s location, and the female suspect who was at Tomball High School went with her mother to the police station.

The 17-year old female driver now faces felony charges of aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest and detention with a vehicle. Hopefully there is plenty of insurance on the Honda Civic: with a fractured shoulder blade and the other injuries, Officer Tikal may not be medically cleared to return to work for some time, not to mention the physical impairment associated with that kind of injury. In a situation like this, if an injured pedestrian such as Officer Tikal has underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, that coverage would apply to help cover damages if the at-fault driver does not have sufficient coverage. Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage would apply if the at-fault driver did not have any insurance.

We certainly wish Officer Tikal a speedy recovery and return to patrol.

Tomball Police Department Patrol Officer Kristina Tikal (2nd from right), injured in a January 2, 2012 auto versus pedestrian incident.