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Clear Lake, IA – As he drives down Highway 18 in Clear Lake, Lieutenant Paul Chizek remembers his accident quite vividly.
“I didn’t see any vehicles on the road and I was just headed east. All of a sudden, there was a big crash, things in my car started flying all over. Quite frankly, at first it knocked the wind out of me, I didn’t know what happened. Just kind of looking, wow,” said Chizek.
He says once he realized what happened, his next move was instinctive.
“The only thing that’s going through my head I guess get back to business and do what we do. There was obviously an accident. I called for officers to assist and handle the accident, like everything else we start from square one,” said Chizek.
Things aren’t quite as hectic, on his second day back.
“Oh it’s going good, it’s going good little stiff yet but things are going well,” said Chizek.
But looking back, Chizek stresses that as scary as the situation was, he’s actually glad it was him involved, and not another vehicle.
“I feel fortunate that they ran into me instead of somebody else on the road in some small sub-compact car,” said Chizek.
Chizek tells us, he wants people to learn from what happened to him, and how in a moment, life can take a turn.
“We have to all understand it doesn’t matter how good of driver you are, it’s about the other people on the road,” said Chizek.