Student finds injured man while on run

By Paula Ann Solis
Staff Writer

A Baylor sophomore found the blood-covered body of a man at 9 a.m. Thursday while running along the Brazos River near the 200 block of University Parks Drive.

The student, who requested to remain anonymous, said the man was lying on the ground and his eyes were swollen and closed. She tried to speak to him but he could only wheeze in and out, she said.

“That’s when I made the call,” she said. “I was on the phone for five minutes and then the police showed up.”

She said she did not feel comfortable touching the man or assessing him herself, but she did wait by him until the emergency medical team arrived.

Officer Steve Anderson with the Waco Police Department said the man suffered a broken arm, a broken shoulder and brain hemorrhaging. He was transported to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

“It did not look like he had been assaulted,” Anderson said. “The male subject appears to have fallen off the trestle onto the riverwalk below.”

His condition and name has not been released because officers are waiting to notify the man’s family, Anderson said. Only his year of birth, 1959, has been released.