Breckenridge-based state trooper hospitalized after son’s vehicle hits his car

POSTED: 2:57 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 3:14 PM Jan 14 2013

A longtime Breckenridge-based state trooper is in a Fort Worth hospital after he attempted to make a U-turn to catch a violator and his car was struck by a vehicle driven by his son, a State Police spokesman said Monday.

Robert Jack “Bob” Sims, 64, was taken via helicopter to Fort Worth’s Harris Methodist Hospital after the crash, which occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on state Hwy 67 – about two-10ths of a mile north of U.S. 180 near Breckenridge – in Stephens County.

Sims was traveling north on Hwy 67 when he slowed to do a U-turn to pursue and stop a southbound violator, State Police spokesman Sparky Dean said.

Dean said Sims’ State Police-issued 2009 Crown Victoria was hit in the driver’s door by a 2007 Chevy Avalanche pickup driven by his son Cody Sims, 34. Also in the Avalanche were Cody Sims’ wife, Jessah, 33, and Bob Sims’ wife Linda, 64. The Avalanche struck the State Police vehicle in the driver-side door, Dean said.

The Sims were “headed to go eat,” Dean said.

Bob Sims remains in Harris Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Dean said, and his son, daughter-in-law and wife were taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Breckenridge. Cody and Jessah Sims were treated and released. Bob Sims’ wife, Linda, is still hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, Dean said.

No one has been cited in the crash, which is being investigated by Buddy Wise, a trooper based in Eastland County, Dean said.