Unlicensed driver strikes teen crossing middle of Main Street

A 37-year-old unlicensed driver struck a 16-year-old crossing Main Street near the Preusser Street intersection Monday morning, sending the teen to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.

At approximately 10:43 a.m., police were dispatched the the intersection of Main and Preusser streets regarding a major crash involving a pedestrian and one vehicle, according to Officer Tracy Gonzalez, San Angelo Police Department Public Information Officer. Officers responded and found the pedestrian who had been struck by a small SUV.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Very shaken up, understandably, Gonzalez said.

Main Street and Preusser Street collision/Courtesy: SAPD

Main Street and Preusser Street collision/Courtesy: SAPD

“I want to make it clear that the driver did not see the pedestrian and after feeling something strike her vehicle, she did look and noticed the victim get up and walk – cross over – the driver did stop, pulled over to the side to check the welfare. She did exactly what she was supposed to do. We want to give her credit for that.”

The victim did not cross at a designated crosswalk or painted area and it appears that the victim was crossing from west going eastbound, she had just left a campus nearby and was crossing the street traveling west to eastbound to get over to a business here and that’s when she was struck by the vehicle, Gonzalez said.

The vehicle was coming off of Preusser turning left onto Main Street when the collision occurred. There is no information that the driver was distracted by anything, Gonzalez said. The driver gave consent for police to check her cellphone and they found no activity.

A citation will be issued to the driver via mail for being unlicensed.