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 Wednesday.
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, Schroeder said, and he was not near a crosswalk.
A 24-year-old woman driving south on Hillside had a green light as she approached the intersection and told police she did not see the man until she hit him, Schroeder said.
Another motorist who had just turned north onto Hillside 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 in less than a decade 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 unlikely to face charges, he said.
"The driver had a green light, she did not see this individual crossing the street outside the crosswalk, and she also had no expectation of seeing someone cross the street" at that point, Schroeder said.
"It's not uncommon to see people dart out across the street midblock," he added. "It's a very unsafe practice."
While motorists are supposed to stop for pedestrians, he said, they may not see them in time to stop — particularly in areas where pedestrians are not supposed to cross.
The pedestrian could be charged with walking in the street while intoxicated, Schroeder said.