Area Texas Ranger Injured In Motorcycle Crash Moved To Rehab

TIRR Memorial Hermann (Hospital photo/file)
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HOUSTON (April 5, 2013)-- Texas Ranger Lt. James Scoggins, 50, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in February in far West Texas, has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston as he recovers.

It is the same hospital where former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was taken for rehab after she was shot in the head in an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, 2011 in Arizona.

Giffords has since left rehab and a little more than a year after the shooting she resigned from Congress, saying she needed to concentrate on her recovery.

McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said Scoggins will need intensive rehabilitation to fully recover from his injuries.

According to its web page, TIRR Memorial Hermann is a national leader in medical rehabilitation and research and is a teaching hospital that is part of the Baylor Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

TIRR Memorial Hermann specializes in rehabilitation for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, the web site says.

Cawthon said Scoggins and other off duty officers were riding motorcycles in the Chisos Mountains, north of Big Bend, in late February when Scoggins hit something in the road and was thrown over the handlebars of his bike.

Scoggins was flown by helicopter to an El Paso hospital where he stayed for some time before being brought back to Waco and then sent on to Houston.

Scoggins is the Texas Ranger supervisor assigned to the Waco office and his wife is Sheriff Parnell McNamara's secretary.