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Montgomery cop released from hospital after crash

Montgomery Police Sgt. Adam Kuncl who was injured Saturday morning pictured police fundraiser November 2011. | Courtesy Montgomery Police Department.

Montgomery Police Sgt. Adam Kuncl, who was injured Saturday morning, pictured at a police fundraiser in November 2011. | Courtesy of Montgomery Police Department.

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Updated: November 2, 2012 6:15AM

MONTGOMERY — A veteran Montgomery police officer seriously injured when he was hit by a teenager charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence was released from the hospital on Sunday, police said.

Police Chief Dan Meyers said Sgt. Adam Kuncl was injured the crash early Saturday morning while en route to a call of shots being fired at a home in the 700 block of Oakton Road, less than a mile from the police station.

Meyers said the officer sustained a skull fracture, broken scapula, compressed discs in his back and multiple lacerations and bruises on his head, face and body.

Kuncl has been with the department since 2000; he became sergeant in 2007.

“Sgt. Kuncl and his family wanted to express their sincere appreciation for all the support and well-wishes they have received. They have helped and will assist him on the long road to recovery,” Meyers said in a statement.

“On behalf of Sgt. Kuncl, his family, and the Montgomery Police Department, we sincerely want to thank all the emergency personnel, medical staff, assisting agencies, officers and bystanders who came together and assisted us in our time of need,” Meyers added.

While responding to the call, Kuncl was hit by a car driven by Kendall J. Collier, 18, of the 100 block of Linden Drive, Oswego, according to police, who did not provide details of the crash.

Collier was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence; police said other charges are pending. Collier remained in the Kane County jail on $250,000 bond.

In an email, Trustee Stan Bond said, “Officer Adam Kuncl is a resident of my subdivision. Many things are happening here to show support for Adam including a giant get-well card on display in a neighborhood garage for all in the community to sign.”

“ Also, a website has been setup for concerned families to volunteer to bring meals for the family as they endure this difficult situation,” Bond’s email said.

Correspondent Judy Van Tieghem contributed to this story.

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