Officer’s family recovering from accident

Published 1:42 am Saturday, September 12, 2009

Demopolis police officer Bobby Howerton’s wife, Rena, and his 5-month-old son, Bobby Marx, were involved in a single-vehicle accident on Marengo County Road 5 on Tuesday.

Rena Howerton fractured five vertebrae, and their son suffered minor skull fractures in the accident. Both were taken to a hospital in Birmingham. Their son has since returned home, and Rena is expected to return home within a week.

“They have (Rena) in a back brace now,” Bobby Howerton said on Friday. “They’ve begun physical therapy and got her up and walking around. She had no injuries to her back besides the vertebrae.”

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Original tests on his son indicated a fractured skull, but later images revealed no problems.

“Our son has been home with me for two days now,” Off. Howerton said. “ He’s doing much better now.”

DPD chief Tommie Reese said the police department was keeping Howerton and his family in their thoughts and prayers.