McKINNEY, TX (01/19/2015) — A nine-year-old child has been hospitalized in critical condition following a auto-pedestrian accident in McKinney, Texas on Monday.
According to reports, a 9-year-old girl from McKinney was crossing East Louisiana Street (200 block) in McKinney’s historic downtown square when she was struck by a pickup truck just after 12:00 p.m. CST. The impact threw the child more than 10 feet, and some witnesses even reported that they could hear the child’s head hitting the pavement. According to witness Justin Hinton, “It never slowed down after impacting her. There was a thud… two thuds.” Immediately after the accident, the girl’s mother, the driver of the pickup, and other witnesses were said to have rushed to the girl’s side.
The victim was taken by air ambulance to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, where she was reportedly in critical condition.
Police suspected that the driver of the pickup truck, 54-year-old William Weir, had been drinking. Officers arrested Weir and charged him with intoxication assault. According to FOX4, records show Weir has “prior arrests for DWI and drugs.”
There is some contention on whether the child crossed the street at a crosswalk or not. Most news outlets are reporting that the child crossed at an “unmarked crosswalk.” Witnesses tell CBS DFW that “there used to be a stop sign near the unmarked crosswalk, but now there’s a long straightaway without one and there are no signs at nearby brick crosswalks.”