Caldwell Police Cruiser Accident

A 19-year-old was upgraded to fair condition Tuesday after being hit by a Caldwell police cruiser.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday on Highway 21.

According to the Department of Public Safety, James Keith Erwin was crossing the street when a squad car driven my Officer Cougan Hignight hit him.

Erwin was taken by helicopter to Scott and White in Temple, where he was upgraded from critical to fair condition Tuesday.

DPS is investigating the crash and officials say they will check Erwin's blood for drugs and alcohol. Erwin was wearing dark-colored clothing and was not crossing at a crosswalk, according to DPS officers.

In June, Officer Hignight was involved in a Caldwell shooting of a suspected robber. Hignight suffered a gunshot wound before killing suspect Louis Avrin.

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