Jaywalker in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Truck in Northgate

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A Texas A&M Galveston student is in critical condition after police say he was struck by a pick-up truck, while jay walking in Northgate. Police say the driver of the truck was in the right and had the green light.

This latest incident comes as College Station police are cracking down on the crime, and the accident has shed light on the importance of following the rules.

Thursday night some students didn't really understand the need for citations for jaywalking, but Friday some were singing a different tune.

"I'm going to need you to step up on the sidewalk," a College Station Police Officer tells Jacob Ledkins as he hands him a ticket for crossing the road against the signal.

"I think they can do something better with their time than this," Ledkins said.

It's a costly reminder nobody wants to get.

"They said we didn't wait for the white man to flash instead of the hand signals and we got a $200 ticket," Ledkins said.

However, it's a reminder College Station police say some people need.

Lt. Steve Brock has seen dozens of near misses between walkers, and vehicles in the Northgate area, and says the tickets aren't about the money but rather safety.

"We just don't want someone to get seriously injured or killed because of something we could have done to prevent it," Brock said. "That's what we're trying to do."

News Three was with police just minutes before a teen was hit while jaywalking across a dark street. The impact of the crash was strong enough to send the man flying out of his shoes and socks.

"That's why we took this initiative to stop what happened here tonight," Brock said.

Come daylight chalk lines serve as a constant reminder of the tragic events the night before.

But for some, old habits are hard to break. We catch dozens of students crossing the road when they're not supposed to.

"Actually on the way to midnight yell for the last game I was one of the ones who got one(ticket)," Sabuttus said.

Anne-Michael Sabattus had to learn her lesson the hard way. She got a ticket the first weekend CSPD began issuing them.

But after accidents like the one the night before she now knows a ticket is a small price to pay.

"I understand why they're trying to help us," Sabattus said.

Just in case you were wondering, last night CSPD handed out 27 tickets in just 45 minutes. That's about one every one and a half minutes.

College Station police officers will be back out tonight and tomorrow issuing tickets to jaywalkers in the Northgate area.

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