A 19-year-old pedestrian struck by a Caldwell police car was recovering Wednesday from his home.
James Keith Erwin was released from Scott and White in Temple after being hit by a patrol car Monday night while crossing Highway 21.
We spoke with Erwin from his Caldwell home who says he has several broken ribs and a fractured shoulder bone.
The Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash and officials say they will subpoena Erwin's toxicology results from the hospital. Erwin was wearing dark-colored clothing and was not crossing at a crosswalk, according to DPS officers.
Erwin said Wednesday that he was not been drinking or taking drugs prior to the accident.
Officials say the car was driven by Caldwell Police officer Cougan Hignight.
Hignight was not placed on administrative leave because officials don't suspect criminal intent on Officer Hignight's part, and they are treating the case as a traffic accident, according to Caldwell Police Chief Paul Lilly.
This is the second high-profile incident involving Officer Hignight. In June, he fatally shot a man accused of armed robbery after being wounded himself.
Correction: KBTX-TV reported the name of the victim as Elliott Erwin, which is actually James Keith Erwin. Incorrect information was given by the investigating DPS officer and we apologize for the error.
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