Child pedestrian struck by pickup in Southwest Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/6/09

Child pedestrian struck by pickup in Southwest Lubbock

By Karin Slyker  -  email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An Irons Middle School student suffered critical injuries, after he was struck by a pickup in Southwest Lubbock. This happened just after 4:30 p.m. at 79th and Slide, near Irons Middle School. 

Nicholas Zavala, 13, was unresponsive at the scene. However, witnesses performed CPR in preparation for EMS transport. "I was in the turning lane over here, and there was a pickup in the middle lane. There was two kids that started crossing 79th Street, and as they started crossing he took off - the light had already changed to red. So we were all at a stop, but he kept going. And that's when the little boy crossed in front of him, and he hit the little boy. The little girl just happened to jump out of the way," said Corina Martinez. "I immediately jumped out of my car and ran over to the little boy to make sure he was okay and everything. He didn't look too good, but we got him stabilized. A few minutes later the paramedics came up, so I stepped out of the way so they could take care of them. "

EMS took Zavala to University Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Wednesday evening.

Initial reports indicated the suspect vehicle had fled. However, the red Ford pickup returned to the scene moments later. "I didn't even see him," said Joseph Darby Brown, 23, of Lubbock. "He just popped out from the car."

No charges have been filed, pending the outcome of a thorough investigation.

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