By Chris Derrett
A Baylor student did not suffer serious injuries after being hit by a car Wednesday outside of the Dutton Avenue parking garage.
The man, who was on a skateboard, suffered a head injury and was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt.
At 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, a Baylor police officer in the garage responded to a bystander who watched the accident unfold on the road that leads from the garage to University Parks Drive.
The injured student was bleeding from the head but was conscious and alert. Paramedics on the scene said his injury was not life-threatening. The Lariat could not later confirm the victim’s status with Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, and Baylor Police had no update available.
After the accident, the struck student’s skateboard was lodged under the car’s front passenger side tire.
Baylor Police said the investigation is ongoing and details can’t be confirmed, but the hedges surrounding the sidewalk leading out of North Village might have hidden the skateboarder from the driver. If the skateboarder tried to cross the street from the driver’s right side, the driver might not have had time to react and stop.
Other bystanders arrived on the scene shortly after the accident.
Curtis Callaway, a lecturer in photography at Baylor, heard the accident while shooting a photography assignment with a student and advised the victim to remain on the ground.
“He was trying to get up, I saw the blood, and I said, ‘Stay down,’” Callaway said. “We were just walking to the parking lot and heard the impact. I looked, and [the driver] jumped out of her car yelling for help,” Callaway said.