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Pedestrian hit near WSU may face charges, police say

A 38-year-old man who was hit by a car when he walked into the street near Wichita State University late Tuesday night may face criminal charges, police said today.

The man suffered a broken leg and a bruised forehead when he was struck shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Hillside, Lt. Joe Schroeder said. He was heavily intoxicated when he attempted to cross the street not near a crosswalk, Schroeder said.

A 24-year-old woman driving south on Hillside had a green light at the approaching intersection and told police she did not see the man until she hit him, Schroeder said. A northbound motorist told officers he nearly hit the man in the street as well.

Fog had settled over the city, and the National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for the area minutes after the accident. But Schroeder said it's not clear how much of a role the fog may have played in the accident.

This is the third time the victim has been hit by vehicles while walking in the street, Schroeder said. While records give a south Wichita home as his residence, Schroeder said the victim may be homeless.

The driver involved in the collision is not likely to face charges, he said.

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