Famed jockey Bill Shoemaker, critically injured in what police say was an alcohol-related car crash, was alert Thursday, but doctors said he remained partially paralyzed.
"Bill Shoemaker has stablized but is still in critical condition," said Centinela Hospital Medical Center spokesman Julius Mason. "He is alert, responsive and his spirit is strong. (But) he has paralysis of both the upper and lower extremities."Authorities Wednesday said Shoemaker, 59, was driving with a blood-alcohol content of .13, nearly twice the legal limit, when his four-wheel drive vehicle rolled.
Thoroughbred racing's all-time winningest jockey, Shoemaker broke his neck in the accident. Shoemaker, who was wearing a seatbelt, also suffered a broken pelvis, a cut on his head and internal injuries.