LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas State Police trooper who was critically injured in a head-on crash on Interstate 40 in western Arkansas is the state’s Trooper of the Year.
Cpl. Roy Moomey was presented with the award Thursday in Little Rock.
Moomey was injured Aug. 8 when his patrol car was struck head-on by a westbound vehicle in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near Alma.
State police say in a news release that Moomey was able to divert two vehicles from the path of the wrong-way driver before putting his patrol car into the lane of the oncoming vehicle.
A state police report on the collision says 24-year-old Matthew Choate of Fort Smith died in the crash.
State police say Moomey is still rehabilitating from injuries he suffered in the crash.