Off-duty Texas school officer in coma after selfless act turns tragic

Officer Tina Egelston (Credit: : Edgewood ISD)

A Texas school police officer remains in a medically-induced coma after she was struck by a vehicle, according to the Edgewood Independent School District. 

School officials said Officer Tina Egelston was hit late in the evening of January 20. 

According to San Antonio police, Egelston was helping a stranded driver who was pulled over to the side of the road. She was helping the driver with jumper cables. 

Officers said a 2015 black Nissan Frontier pickup truck struck the vehicles, which then struck Egelston and the stranded driver. 

Both were hurt. Egelston was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The stranded driver suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

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Egelston's family's said the stranded driver had also ran out of gas. 

"Two people had asked her for a ride back to their vehicle that had run out of gas. And of course, she gave them a ride, because that is what she does," Egelston's niece Jennifer Leslie told  a local outlet.

The family added that Egelston suffered broken ribs and a severe brain injury. 

"There are fractures in her skull. She has some bleeds in her brain," Leslie added.

The family hopes to get a prognosis of the officer later this week.

"We are sad, but we are optimistic because she does have a fighting spirit,"  EISD PD Chief Jesse Quiroga said in a statement to FOX Television Stations. "We are hoping she can hear us. I’m optimistic that she’ll be back to us soon." 

This story was reported from Los Angeles.