Man hit by car, severely injured

The man was struck by this car. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

The collision happened on 10th Street West near Avenue J-12. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

LANCASTER – A man is fighting for his life today after being hit by a car Wednesday night in the same area where a woman was struck and nearly killed two weeks ago, authorities said.

The collision happened shortly before 6 p.m. on 10th Street West, just south of Avenue J-12, said Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.

“A male in his 20s was trying to cross the street, headed westbound across 10th Street West, when he was hit by a car that was traveling northbound,” Rust said. “He suffered some pretty significant injuries, he is in the hospital in grave condition.”

The man was in grave condition as of Thursday, Rust said. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

Rust said the initial investigation puts the man at fault.

“About 95 percent of the time, the pedestrians are at fault because they’re trying to cross in the middle of the street, which they’re not supposed to do,” Rust said.

On September 14, a 43-year-old woman was struck by a car when she ran across the street on 10th Street West near Avenue J-13, authorities said.

The woman was critically injured and not expected to recover, but the woman has since pulled through.

“But she’ll never be the same,” Rust said. “She has major head injuries and body trauma.”

Both collisions show how important it is for pedestrians to obey traffic laws, Rust said.

“The vehicle code says if you’re crossing mid roadway then you have to yield to the cars,” Rust said. We don’t have the resources to put a patrol car on every street to stop people from crossing the street… People need to use the crosswalks and abide by the traffic laws.”

  15 comments for “Man hit by car, severely injured

  1. kc lee
    September 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Jay is right. He is a known drunk who is also known for starting a fight with just about anyone in his path. His family has washed their hands of him and its a sad situation. If he pulls through, I hope this puts him back on to the right path with life and his family.

  2. XOXO
    September 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I saw the whole thing :”( I wish him nothing but the best !

  3. jabonie
    September 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

    stay out of the road foo you wont git hit

  4. Christina
    September 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    The car pictured is not a late model infinity but a Lincoln ls… May want to make sure the facts are correct

  5. September 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    What tis story failes to report is that this person was at the liquor store right down the street try’n to pick fights with several people he even tried to fight a young kid of abought 14 years old.This person was VERY VERY drunk. If you are gonna be out walking the streets drunk these kind of things hapen i wish him a full recovery just glad he didnt kill a driver going home from work. If you are gonna drink stay at home.

  6. happy2bhere
    September 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    What a great place we live in.

    • Quigley
      September 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Hey happy….what exactly is your point?

  7. Mrs M
    September 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    “The vehicle code says if you’re crossing mid roadway then you have to yield to the cars,”

    The vehicle code also says you have to observe the speed limit, but who does the 45 mph limit on 10th St West? Living in that area, you see it all the time, you do the limit and some fool is right up your behind because you aren’t driving fast enough. Try 12th St West also, it’s residential, drivers run the stop signs all the time. Illegal dirt bike riders with no helmets. Who gives a patooty that the area is full of kids? Not to mention an elementary school. Most people don’t even observe the 4 way stop there. 15th St West is like the Daytona 500 at quitting time, rushing to beat the light at J8.

    Sincerely hope the person recovers. And before anyone says it was the pedestrians’ fault, YOU have the responsibility of being a responsible driver also. You have to watch for everyone and everything. OK, rant over.

    • Tbaby
      September 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      I agree with you…Thats why I am so nervous to drive:(…Its so dangerous out there.

      • Yo Mama
        September 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        Then don’t drive! I don’t need you out here scared of everything, and crashin into me! Keep your ass off the road, or grow some balls!

    • anotherdummy
      September 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I agree with your points regarding irresponsible vehicle operation; however, people should still know better than to run out in traffic. People complain about the extra distance between crosswalks, but walking a few extra steps is better than risking never walking again at all.

      • September 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        People SHOULD know better than to run out in traffic. Two weeks ago when the woman was hit, someone commented pedestrian should be taught road safety and was ridiculed for that opinion. When I was a kid, my parents taught me to cross the street correctly, I taught my kids. Safety, like education, begins at home. But people take the attitude of “everyone else does it”. Or it’s inconvenient to go the 100 feet to the crosswalk.

        Proper lights and crosswalks SHOULD be put up by looking into the days ahead, and planning for those days, not by waiting until someone gets killed. We now have had 2 serious accidents, maybe it’s time for the city to consider a light and crosswalk between Ave K and J5. So you stop at 3 lights instead of 2. Just my opinion.

        • Uncle Tom
          September 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

          Unless it’s a child I tend to find fault with the pedestrian. Why you ask? Well, whats harder to see and hear, a car driving down the road while your trying to cross, or a pedestrian trying to cross the street. Vehicles are not small, and tend to make plenty of noise (Hybrids and electrics the exception) so any sensible person knows not to cross in front of a vehicle. I don’t care if its a crosswalk, if its you vs. a car, you will NOT win. I don’t care if you have a green light, you watch the cars and make sure they stop before stepping in front of them! If you move slower, then you best make sure you plan accordingly, wait till theres no cars, or go to a street light and STILL WATCH THE CARS!

          Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when its the drivers fault for now stopping, but again you need to be aware of your surroundings and pay attention, because while they may get cited for hitting you (possibly arrested), you may be dead. Pay-a–fing-tention and stay alive!

          • patricia
            September 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

            i think they should put a stop light and cross walks right there at j 12 and 10 street west its the driver and the ppls falt cuz u all need to look befor u go across the streets

    • September 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Wow, a thumbs down. Must be one of those committing one of the “activities” I mentioned. But thanks for reading.

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