Sheriff's Deputy, wife hit by car in Mexico are cleared to return

LOS CABOS, Mexico -- The Sheriff's Deputy and his spouse that were seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Mexico last Friday were cleared for transport back into the states, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Officials said that Deputy Drew Wattier was cleared to be airlifted from Los Cabos, Mexico to a trauma center in San Diego Wednesday afternoon.

His wife, Michelle Wattier is scheduled to make the flight on Thursday.

Last Friday night, the couple was hit by a passing car while they were outside of their hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office reported that both Drew and Michelle are in critical (but stable) condition.

Drew and Michelle's family said they wanted to recognize all of the doctors who responded to the scene, providing assistance within minutes of the incident. The family said that the quick action of emergency responders was vital in saving the couple.

The Sheriff's Office said they will set up an assistance fund for the Wattier family at Selco Bank on Monday.

Both LCSO and the Wattier family thank Full City Coffee, Track Town Pizza, Papa's Pizza and Salon Delange for their contribution to the fund, as well as the countless other families who have graciously volunteered their assistance.