Family of Pedestrian Killed Crossing Freeway Speaks Out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/27/08

Family of Pedestrian Killed Crossing Freeway Speaks Out

Thomas "Michael" Jackson was hit by pickup truck on Monday night after trying to cross the Marsha Sharp Freeway, just west of Quaker Avenue, on foot. Jackson was taken to UMC where he later died.

"Michael was an awesome person, an awesome dad, an awesome friend, an awesome cousin and he will be very, very missed.  I hate that this had to happen the way that it did. We didn't even have a chance to say goodbye," said Jackson's cousin Michi Parks. 

Jackson is remembered by his family as someone who lived life to the fullest.  They say he had a passion for music, as he was always making CDs for people. Monday night was no exception. His cousin said he was on his way to her house, because he had made a CD for her neighbor.  Parks says she remembers hearing sirens.

"At that time Michael came to my mind, but I just thought ‘oh Michael is with Alvin'.  Not knowing that my cousin was just a block away from me and I didn't have a clue he was over there," said Parks.

Police say it is illegal for pedestrians to cross where Jackson was hit. 

"The way these freeways are set up, they are not permitted to have pedestrian traffic," said Sgt. Kevin Hanley. 

"They just need to set better precautions for pedestrians and for the drier at the street so this won't happen again," said Parks. 

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.  Police believe the driver is not at fault.

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