For the third time in as many weeks, a pedestrian was stuck by a vehicle near Tarleton State University Tuesday.
According to Officer Alan Dalley with the Stephenville Police Department, Tarleton junior
Roderick Jones was struck just after 2 p.m. by a Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Mingus resident Seth Lewallen. Dalley said Lewallen was traveling north on Lillian Street and turning west onto Washington Street when his Dodge clipped Jones.
Dalley said according to eyewitness accounts, when Lewallen attempted to make the turn, Jones was also attempting to cross the street, but another truck blocked Lewallen’s view.
Dalley said it appeared that Jones did not cross inside the crosswalk.
Jones was taken from the scene by ambulance after complaining of pain.
Dalley said he believed Jones suffered only minor injuries and would be released from the hospital following examination.
“I did not speak with the doctor,” Dalley said. “But I believe Jones is going to be okay. He is bumped up a bit and going to be really sore.”
As the number of recent pedestrian accidents near the university show, distractions could spell disaster. Dalley urged walkers and drivers alike to be on guard at all times and avoid cell phone communication in congested areas. He warned everyone to be aware of the dangers near the campus, where the streets are narrow and traffic is heavy.
Dalley said trouble spots include Washington Street near McDonald’s and Montana’s restaurants, where traffic is especially heavy near lunchtime, and the area near the university’s dining hall, which is bordered by Jones, Vanderbilt and Lillian streets.