DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Police officer who was struck by a car during protests by East High School students earlier this month is making progress. John Adsit’s family said that he opened his eyes on Thursday.

Adsit was one of four DPD officers protecting the protesters on Dec. 3 when they were hit by a car. Adsit was the most seriously injured.

Adsit, a married father of four, remains hospitalized at Denver Health and fighting for his life with serious injuries.

An image of the bicycle (credit: Jennifer Brice)

An image of the bicycle (credit: Jennifer Brice)

Here is the statement from Adsit’s family that was released on Friday: The family of Officer John Adsit would like to thank you for your continued prayers for John. The incredible support we have received from friends, the Denver Police Department, and the community remains encouraging and a source of strength as John is battling through a number of setbacks. We were thrilled that John was finally able to open his eyes on Thursday. He remains in critical condition and faces another intense, long and vital surgery today. The support of love, cards, donations and “Lights On for Adsit” has been overwhelming. We trust the Lord that our hero is going to continue to fight for his life, and we hope to be able to communicate with him soon all of the tremendous support that the last week and a half has brought!

On Dec. 3 about 500 students walked out of classes and marched down Colfax Avenue to protest the grand jury’s decision regarding police action in Ferguson, Mo. They were being escorted by officers with the bike patrol when the car struck the officers.

The Mercedes that struck Adsit and the others was driven by Christopher Booker who told CBS4 he had seizure and didn’t know what happened until he woke up in the hospital.

The black Mercedes driven by Christopher Booker that struck four Denver Police officers (credit: CBS)

The black Mercedes driven by Christopher Booker that struck four Denver Police officers (credit: CBS)

Investigators continue to interview witnesses about what happened. Booker has not been charged.

A GoFundMe account in Adsit’s name has been set up by East High School students and is collecting funds to help with the officer’s recovery.

LINK: GoFundMe – John Adsit

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