Auto-pedestrian crash closes street (w/video)

April 24, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2017 at 12:18 a.m.

North John Stockbauer Drive is closed near Salem Road after a reported auto-pedestrian accident on Monday, April 25, 2017.

North John Stockbauer Drive is closed near Salem Road after a reported auto-pedestrian accident on Monday, April 25, 2017.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

A pair of black Nike Air Max shoes and bloodstains were left in the 4900 block of North John Stockbauer Drive after a pedestrian crossing the street was hit by a car Monday night.

The injured man did not have identification on him at the scene. He was transported to DeTar Hospital Navarro with critical injuries, said Lt. Eline Moya, Victoria Police Department spokeswoman. He was later transported by helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio.

The Victoria Police Department and Victoria Fire Department responded to the scene about 8:50 p.m, Moya said.

Son Ho, 48, of Victoria, was driving a 2009 black Scion tC north on John Stockbauer Drive when he struck the man crossing the street, Moya said.

"There was a pedestrian on the east side of the roadway attempting to cross over at a point other than the designated crosswalk," she said. "As it approached, the Scion did slow down. It appears at the last minute, the pedestrian did dart out in front of the vehicle, and the vehicle did strike the pedestrian."

Neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the wreck, Moya said.

Mercedes Ramirez, of Victoria, was getting a Redbox movie with her friend at the Stripes at the intersection of John Stockbauer Drive and Salem Road when she saw the wreck.

"The man that got hit - he walked off the sidewalk and was walking into the street," she said. "The man in the car got into the turning lane at the same time that man was walking. He wasn't even paying attention to the cars. That car just hit him, and he just flew."

Before the crash, Ramirez said, she saw him walking on a nearby street when she began looking for a movie.

"A car was coming, and he didn't even move," she said. "He was moving around like he didn't know what was going on."

The crash remains under investigation, Moya said. Authorities closed the section of John Stockbauer for about two hours while they investigated the scene.

"It does appear that the pedestrian failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle, which contributed to the accident," she said.

Residents need to remember to use crosswalks and pay attention while crossing the street, Moya said.

"They need to use the intersections where they are well lit and they have the controlled crosswalk signage," she said. "It is obviously very tragic and can be very dangerous, especially at night when there is not that much visibility."


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