A Tyler Junior College student was recovering Monday after she was struck and injured by a vehicle a TJC coach was driving.
TJC Campus Safety Chief Randy Melton said the incident happened just before 9 a.m. in the faculty parking lot next to the school's planetarium.
Melton said Precious Ivy, the school's assistant women's basketball coach, was pulling into the parking lot and going around a curve when she struck the student.
Melton said 32-year-old student Jamie Guerra was knocked to the pavement, with the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu's front tire coming to rest on the woman.
Melton said TJC EMS students lifted the vehicle from the woman before an ambulance arrived.
The woman was transported to East Texas Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition and being treated for injuries to her leg, face and chest. She suffered two injured ribs, partially collapsed lungs, a laceration over her eye, multiple bruises and "road rash." Officials said she would be admitted to the hospital overnight for observation.
TJC President Dr. Mike Metke visited Guerra at the hospital and said, "Jamie is an amazing young woman and an excellent student who is studying to become an engineer. I'm so pleased that it appears she will make a speedy recovery and hopefully be back in her classes soon.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie for a quick recovery, and our thanks go out to those quick-thinking students who reacted so hastily and ran to help."
Melton said the case appeared to have been accidental but remained under investigation.
"The student was walking in the drive, and the employee could not see her," he said.