NEW BRAUNFELS, TX (09/25/2016) — Three pedestrians were struck and injured in a crosswalk during a county fair over the weekend.
According to authorities, a family of three from New Braunfels—a man and woman, both 42, and a 16-year-old girl—were crossing the 700 block of East Common Street when they were struck by a speeding pickup truck.
The police reported that shortly before 9:30 p.m., a family, who were patrons at the Comal County Fair, were leaving the fairgrounds when a 59-year-old driver from Marion—driving a 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck—struck the three pedestrians in a marked crosswalk.
The 42-year-old male victim was treated at the scene by EMS. The 42-year-old female victim and 16-year-old female victim were transported to hospitals in San Antonio (San Antonio Military Medical Center and University Hospital) in critical condition with possible life-threatening injuries. The 16-year-old female has since been upgraded to stable condition.
Officials believe that speeding was a contributing factor in this collision. An investigation is underway.
A preliminary investigation has determined that speed was a factor in the auto-pedestrian accident, especially considering the rainy weather conditions and the amount of pedestrian traffic in that area at the time. I’m not sure why police declined to arrest or charge the driver at the scene, but they could still face multiple charges in relation to this crash considering the level of negligence and the number of victims. We will provide more information as it becomes available.