By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A family is mourning after their loved one, Randolpho Baca Jr., 67, was killed after an early Friday morning car versus pedestrian accident. It happened just after 6:30 a.m. at North University Avenue and Amherst Street when the driver, John Stewart, 59, of a silver Dodge pick-up hit Baca.
Police said initial investigations indicated that Baca was walking in the roadway, and most likely not in a crosswalk. Stewart was going southbound on University and did not see Baca in time to stop and swerve. Police said the driver hit Baca, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Stewart stopped and police said he was very cooperative in the investigation.
Baca's nephew, Robert Baca, tells KCBD NewsChannel 11 his uncle was just doing his daily routine. He walked to get breakfast every morning. Sometimes he said they worried, but his uncle loved to walk in his boots. And he walked because he never had a driver's license.
"His daily routine was his daily routine. He would get up, take a bath and take off to go eat breakfast. He would walk everywhere all the way clear across 84," said Robert Baca.
Even through all the sadness, Robert Baca said he knows it was a tragic accident. "We were talking with the family and we're not upset. It was just an accident and it just happened. But we are going to miss him. He was just an old timing man. Old cowboy, West Texas cowboy."
The family said he was a good man and very peaceful. They are sad to see him go, but said he is now in God's hands. "God is going to be with him. I know I am going to miss him," said Baca.
Police are calling this a very tragic accident. "The driver was not a contributing factor to the accident. We don't anticipate charges. At that point we anticipate the pedestrian probably is going to be shown to be the contributing factor walking in the roadway. If that's the case we don't anticipate any charges on the driver," said Lt. Jon Caspell, Lubbock Police Department.
The LPD is still investigating and we will bring you more information as soon as it is released.
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