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Scottsbluff Police investigating pedestrian vs. car collision

December 19, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF – Scottsbluff Police are investigating a pedestrian vs. car collision in downtown Scottsbluff Tuesday afternoon.

Information received at the scene indicated the pedestrian was walking eastbound across Broadway when he was struck by a Chrysler 300. The driver of the vehicle had just turned south onto Broadway from E. 19th Street, according to Capt. Tony Straub of the Scottsbluff Police Department.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to Regional West Medical Center by Valley Ambulance. According to scanner traffic, the man was described as having suffered a head injury and was unresponsive. Further details about the man’s condition were not released as of press time.

Manager of Homestake Antique Mall Marc Harbour was in his business when the incident occurred.

“I heard just a thud,” he said. “I could tell something had happened, but I didn’t know what until I stepped outside and saw the man lying in the road.”

Harbour said he was shocked seeing the pedestrian in the roadway because the man is a regular customer at his business.

“All you can do is hope he is OK,” he said.

The police blocked traffic from 18th Street and 19th Street along Broadway for about an hour while investigators surveyed the scene and talked to potential witnesses.

Scottsbluff Police Officer Phil Eckerberg measured the distance between the vehicle and the curb as well as the crosswalk. As the investigators documented the scene, they noticed eye glasses lying in the roadway in front of the vehicle. The eye glasses were 28 feet and 11 inches from the south end of the crosswalk.

Straub said the collision remains under investigation.

The Star-Herald will update this report as more information becomes available.

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