This just in from Detective Marty Nevil of Highland Park DPS on the pedestrian who was hit by a van at Mockingbird Lane and Abbott Avenue at around noon today:
Auto Pedestrian Accident with Serious Injury
At approximately 11:52 am on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Highland Park DPS was notified by an SMU Police officer of an auto pedestrian accident with injuries at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Abbott Ave.
From the preliminary investigation and witness testimony, a white Ford van traveling northbound on Abbott Avenue, attempted to make a left hand turn on a green light, heading west onto Mockingbird Lane, failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. As a result, the pedestrian, 73 year old Jane Dewald Spikes of Dallas was struck in the crosswalk after leaving a funeral at Highland Park United Methodist Church heading to her car parked on Abbott Ave.
Jane Dewald Spikes was transported to a nearby hospital where she is being treated for a serious head injury.
The driver of the white Ford van was identified as Alejandro Hernandez of Irving, Texas. Mr. Hernandez was charged with, “Failure to Yield Right of Way” and arrested on non-related charges. There were no indications of alcohol or drug usage, however, tests results are still pending.
Accident Investigators from University Park PD assisted with the investigation.
The accident is still under investigation by Highland Park DPS. The final results will be released in an update.