LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Police have now released the name of the pedestrian who was hit by a pickup truck and remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.
Mary Bowles, 51, was crossing the South Loop access road just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night when she was struck by a 2010 Ford F-150. The accident happened near Quaker and the South Loop.
Accident Investigators continue to look into the accident and now they are saying there are conflicting reports of exactly what happened. They are trying to determine if Bowles was using the crosswalk or not.
Police now believe the pickup truck, driven by 67-year-old Jerry Martin, may have been traveling East, crossing Quaker on the access road, at the same time Bowles was crossing the street.
At this time, it is unknown whether or not the driver will face any type of charges. "We are still going to have to determine through the investigation the placement of the vehicle and the placement of the pedestrian at the time of the accident, we are just going to have to make sure of all that, before we say anything on that," said Captain Scott Hudgens with the Lubbock Police Department.
Bowles was walking from Furr's Cafeteria on Slide Road, where she has worked for more than 25 years. When the restaurant heard of the accident, the Assistant Manager tells us that they were all in shock. "You know she tried to get a ride home every day, she worked hard, and she worked hard for her money and people here are just real sad right now," said Jay Reed, Furr's Cafeteria Assistant Manager.
Bowles remains at University Medical Center in critical condition with very serious head injuries.
"Mary is a real loving person, and really loved here at Furr's with all the employees, she is a long term employee and also loved by the customers, they just love Mary to death. She's a real good person and just loved by everyone," said Reed.
He was first told of the accident Thursday morning, and realized she was walking home from work Wednesday night.
"Every blue moon she walks home, but most of the time she gets a ride home," said Reed.
Reed says at the restaurant all they can do now is wait.
"It's not real good, it is kind of gloomy everyone is just kind of to themselves crying to themselves and stuff like that," said Reed.
They just hope that she will be able to make it out of this alive.
"She's a great lady and just God bless her soul and I hope she gets well soon and I know He is going to pull her out of this," said Reed.
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