UPDATE: Pedestrian struck in Gainesville overnight
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Gainesville police and fire rescue were on the scene after a pedestrian was hit overnight on Thursday.
GPD responded to NW 13th ST. and NW 3rd Ave. around 12:40 a.m..
Officials said at last check with the hospital, around 1 p.m., the pedestrian who has been identified only as a male, is in stable condition with serious injuries.
An employee at a business nearby told TV20 a person was run over, meanwhile, another neighbor saw an unmoving person taken into an ambulance after hearing screeching tires and a thump.
“A lot of the crashes have been happening on University, on University Ave, we’ve been focusing so much on that but this thing can happen anywhere. It literally happened right where I live,” Mark Merwitzer said.
Police said they know who the driver is, and this is not a case of hit and run.
Police had also confirmed that the pedestrian was not in the crosswalk when they were hit.
“What happened last night is tragic and we hope that this individual recovers. We have tied to high light these accidents that have occurred for the public. I don’t want the public to be concerned that there has been a radical increase in numbers of traffic and pedestrian incidents this year compared to last year, that is not the case, but we try to high light these things so that the public can be aware and so they can help GPD, UPD, and all local government agencies get ahead of this issue and keep our streets safe,” GPD Public Information Officer, Graham Glover said.
GPD Officials said that the Traffic Unit is investigating and no charges have been issued.
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