GRIMES COUNTY, Texas (KXAN/AP) – The man who has helped see Texas through multiple crises is in critical condition following a motorcycle crash.
On Friday, 66-year-old Jay Kimbrough drove his motorcycle off the road and into the grass median on Highway 6 near Navasota. According to DPS troopers, Kimbrough’s 2009 Harley Davidson then hit a concrete crossover before flipping several times. He was wearing a helmet, troopers said.
Kimbrough was flown to St Joseph Medical Center in Bryan. Hospital officials tell KXAN he is in critical condition.
Witnesses told troopers they don’t believe another vehicle forced Kimbrough to leave the roadway. The DPS State Crash Team is investigating the cause of the crash.
Kimbrough is a Dallas native who survived near fatal injuries during the Vietnam War. In 2001, he became Gov. Rick Perry’s criminal justice adviser, according to our partners at the Texas Tribune.
He is currently employed with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission working on veterans’ affairs.
HHSC spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman says Kimbrough focuses on treatment for traumatic brain injuries and mental illness, raising awareness that such services are available and looking at ways to hire more veterans.
Kimbrough oversaw the Texas Youth Commission following reports of widespread abuse in the agency, and took charge of Texas A&M University’s safety problems in biodefense labs, according to the Tribune. He was fired from Texas A&M after revealing a knife.