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Lubbock teen remains hospitalized following wreck

By Ben Lawson - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - EMS rushed Nicholas Zavala, 13, to University Medical Center just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Police tell us Zavala was crossing at Slide Road and 79th Street around 4:45 p.m., when a red Ford pick-up hit him.

Authorities say the driver, Joseph Darby Brown, 23, continued through the intersection, but quickly returned to the scene.  Zavala remained in critical condition at UMC Wednesday night.  Meanwhile, police continued their investigation into the accident.  No one had been charged by Wednesday night.

"It's just crazy to see something like that. You see it on TV and everything, but don't ever expect to see it in person," Corina Martinez said.  She described what she saw Wednesday afternoon to NewsChannel 11.  "The light had already changed to red, so we were all at a stop, but he kept going. That's when the little boy crossed in front of him, and he hit the little boy," Martinez said. 

Martinez says she immediately jumped out of her car to help before EMS.  "At one point he was unresponsive, and I did do CPR on him, and then that's when they started the oxygen and everything else, got him pretty stable after that," Martinez said. 

As EMS worked, the man identified as the driver of the pick-up could only watch, visibly shaken. "I just want him to be alright, golly. I didn't even see him. He just popped out from the car," Brown said. 

Once EMS rushed the Ed Irons Middle School student to University Medical Center, Lubbock Police began to piece together the events leading up to the accident, marking and collecting evidence, including the victim's back-pack, shoes, and glasses.  "We're not able to tell right now if he was crossing against the light or if the truck that struck him ran the light," Lubbock Police Sergeant Phil Johnson said.  Authorities say a final determination could take a few days.

Meanwhile, the assistant principal at Ed Irons Middle School says class had gotten out about 45 minutes before the accident. Still, he says drivers need to be especially careful around schools at all times. "Kids are going to be out running around, the warmer the weather is, the less cautions they're going to be, and we have to be alert for it, and especially around schools," assistant principal David Ritter said. 

Police took a statement from the driver, but right now, he's only a suspect in a wreck investigation. Authorities say they'll confer with the district attorney about any possible charges.

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