LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A man remains in critical, but stable condition after police say he jumped from the bed of a moving vehicle. Police say a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was following the vehicle saw the accident in South Lubbock police are now investigating.
The injuries that 30-year-old Eliseo Gonzalez suffered almost cost him his life Tuesday. Police say the injuries were serious enough to conduct a full scale accident investigation. Lubbock Police Department Captain Greg Stevens says units responded to a traffic accident at 106th and Joliet Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Paramedics worked quickly to stabilize Gonzalez for his trip to University Medical Center. "As to why the individuals jumped out? Too early to draw conclusions. We're not sure why they jumped," says Stevens.
As the truck turned the corner, police say Gonzalez and a second man, who police are still searching for, jumped out of the pickup. Gonzalez jumped towards the sidewalk, and police say as he fell to the ground the trailer ran over him.
"For our investigation, the Border Patrol Agent is just a witness," says Stevens who says the agent followed the truck for a short time and witnessed the accident. The Border Patrol vehicle did not make a stop or initiate enforcement.
An agent with U.S. Border Patrol says at the time the truck was a vehicle of interest. Agents confirmed the legal status of both the driver and passenger, but when questioned about the two passengers in the bed of the truck they responded with very little information.
Police continue the search for a man who fled the scene. Lubbock Police are taking the lead on the investigation. Gonzalez remains in critical, but stable, condition in the UMC intensive care unit.
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