Landscaper Hit by Pick-up Truck While Working
According to sanangelolive.com, Tracy Gonzalez, Public Information Officer for San Angelo Police Department, reported at approximately 2:15 p.m. that officers were dispatched to Shannon Clinic at 102 N. Magdalen for reports of a vehicle crash involving a Ford F-350 Super Duty and a pedestrian.
The victim works for Scherz Landscaping Company and was providing services on the Shannon parking lot when a large pick-up truck lost control and ran into him.
The victim is a 56-year-old man, and he was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance where he underwent “immediate surgery for his injuries,” Gonzalez said. His injuries are considered very serious and life-threatening.
The driver of the pickup is 70 years old and he was “visibly shaken after the crash, [but] was not injured,” Gonzalez said.
The driver told police his truck experienced a mechanical issue just prior to the crash but the exact malfunction has not been released.
“After he collided with the pedestrian, the truck continued to travel where it came to rest after striking a brick-covered pillar at the clinic sally port,” Gonzalez stated.
The pillar suffered a lot of damage so structural engineers were brought in to evaluate the damage and secure it as safe.
“The clinic is open and taking patients,” Gonzalez added. “However, the south side entrance of the clinic has been closed to patients.”
Several witnesses told police the truck was traveling at a “very high rate of speed,” and that the truck entered the parking lot from the N. Magdalen entrance and barreled across the parking lot, Gonzalez stated.
No citations will be issued until further investigation takes place, Gonzalez added.
Due to the accident involving a pedestrian and producing significant property damage, the crash is reportable to the Texas Department of Transportation despite it taking place on private property, Gonzalez stated.
Auto Accident Statistics
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:
Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.
San Antonio Car Accident Attorney
After the investigation is concluded they will be able to determine the exact malfunction the truck had that caused it to strike a landscape worker and continue on to damage the pillar. Until then it can only be speculated what happened. Given the driver’s age maybe be confused the brake and gas pedal and pushed the wrong one since witnesses say they saw the truck traveling at a very high rate of speed shortly before the accident. It is also possible, however, that the truck did suffer a malfunction that rendered it unresponsive when the driver applied the brakes. Whatever the reason, two men are very fortunate to be alive. If you have been the victim of a car accident involving a pedestrian or a malfunction with the vehicle and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.