Former A&M System Deputy Chancellor Jay Kimbrough Recovering From Surgery After Motorcycle Crash

BRYAN - A former top A&M official remains in critical condition three days after a motorcycle accident.

Jay Kimbrough underwent surgery Monday morning

News 3 spoke with a close family friend about Kimbrough's recovery.

Jay Kimbrough, A former Deputy Chancellor at Texas A&M and a longtime political adviser to Governor Rick Perry, underwent surgery Monday morning.

The 67-year-old cracked several vertebrae Friday evening when he drove off Highway 6, into a grassy median near Navasota, flipped his Harley and was ejected.

"There's no sign of paralysis. He's doing extremely well under the circumstances," said Wil Galloway, who is an attorney in Austin and has been friends of the Kimbrough family for more than 30 years.

"Surgery went well. Fixing some injuries that occurred in the accident. Everything is improving, his vitals are improving and the doctors are optimistic," said Galloway.

This is video of Kimbrough when News 3 interviewed him in September 2011 after he'd been fired by Chancellor John Sharp.

<"If he doesn't want a Deputy Chancellor and wants more people to report to him then that's his prerogative," said Kimbrough during a September 22, 2011 interview.

Galloway tells us Kimbrough has remained under medical sedation and it's unclear when he might be released from the hospital.

"Just lots of prayers the family really appreciates the outshowing that has been sent their way and just time will have to help him heal," said Galloway.

Kimbrough is an experienced motorcyclist and rides around the state every year to mark the anniversary of his helicopter being shot down in Vietnam.

But after last week's crash, his family and friends are hoping to convince him to stop riding.

D.P.S. is still investigating why he lost control of his motorcycle.


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