Tyler pedestrian suffers life threatening injuries

Tyler emergency responders work the scene of a pedestrian-versus-vehicle wreck on Front Street between Glenwood and Hill streets Tuesday evening. (Betty Waters/Staff)

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday after he walked out into the roadway on Front Street, according to Tyler police.

The pedestrian, a man in his mid-50's, is legally blind and probably never saw the vehicle that struck him, police Sgt. Adam Colby said.

Police received a call that the pedestrian tried to cross Front Street from south to north between Glenwood and Hill streets.

"It looks like the pedestrian just walked out into the roadway in front of a vehicle and was struck by that vehicle," Colby said. "He is alive but has life threatening injuries. We are waiting to see how he does."

The pedestrian was struck by a westbound Toyota Tundra pickup truck. "The driver is not going to be facing any charges," Colby said, adding there was no alcohol or drugs involved.

Accident investigators and detectives were on the scene investigating.

The westbound lane of Front Street was blocked for at least a couple of hours.

- Betty Waters



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