Crossfitters, members of law enforcement raise money for SDPD detective injured in motorcycle crash
James 'Chappie' Hunter hurt in Alpine crash
Last Updated: 156 days ago
LA MESA, Calif. - Crowds of people raised money through a CrossFit event Saturday to help a San Diego police detective who lost part of his leg in a motorcycle accident in Alpine in June.
For the first time since his motorcycle crash, Detective James "Chappie" Hunter was back doing what he loves: CrossFit. He still had the same drive and heart, though physically, he had more challenges.
Hunter, a San Diego police detective, was struck by a car driven by 15-year-old student driver in Alpine in June. He lost part of his leg in the crash. It occurred while Hunter was off-duty and just hours after a CrossFit event, which he had recently started coaching.
"Having the impact from the crash, I think the physical aspect of CrossFit really saved my life and the mental aspect afterwards to get me to keep going and push forward and not be depressed and whining," he told 10News.
On Saturday morning, he received a big welcome back from more than 150 of his family members from the CrossFit community and law enforcement.
One of his biggest supporters was Mike Spears, the owner of CrossFit RSD, who organized Saturday's fundraiser for Hunter. They are hoping to raise enough money to help pay for a prosthetic leg.
"He's more motivated than ever, and he's unstoppable right now, which is an inspiration to everybody," said Spears.
Hunter says he is looking forward to getting back to the gym and going back to work. He hopes his story will continue to motivate others to keep pushing forward.
The San Diego Police Officers Association has created a donation fund to help Hunter's family with medical expenses.
Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution is asked to send a check payable to the agency, with "Detective Chappie Hunter" written on the memo line, to the association's offices located at 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA 92111.
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