A 16-year-old pedestrian suffered minor injuries Monday morning after being struck by a car while walking on the wrong side of the street.

The Victoria teen, whose name was not available because of her young age, was taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro with scrapes, said Senior Police Officer Bryan Knief.

“She was scraped up pretty good,” he said.

Police were called to the 1400 block of East Colorado Street at 7:50 a.m. near North Laurent Street where the pedestrian, who was walking in the street, was struck by a passing car.

A sidewalk was available on the other side of the street from where the teen was walking.

The impact caved in part of the windshield of a black Toyota sedan, causing much of the glass to crack, the officer said.

Victoria driver Lita Villarreal, 25, was driving east when she struck the girl, who was also eastbound, Knief said.

Villarreal told Knief her visibility was reduced because of the rising sun and moisture on her windshield, he said.

“She never saw her until she hit her,” Knief said.

Knief stressed that special consideration should be taken during hours when direct sunlight can easily blind drivers.

“Slow down and use your sun visor. You have to be careful in the morning when the sun is right there,” he said. “After 30 minutes, it’s already back up high enough to where you can see.”

But he also said the pedestrian was at fault for the collision. Pedestrians should walk against oncoming traffic or use a sidewalk when one is available, he said.

The teen did neither, he said

No tickets or citations were issued in connection with the crash, although Villarreal was ticketed for driving without a license or insurance.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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