UPDATE: Jamie Guerra, the TJC student that was hit yesterday was kept overnight for observation at the East Texas Medical Center.
“One of the officers went to check with her (Guerra) at the ETMC Emergency Room yesterday, and learned that she would be kept overnight for observation,” said Campus Police Chief Randy Melton. ” This is still an investigation, but charges are not likely since it occurred on private property, but we’re still taking information on that.”
“As far as cause, it was not paying attention from either party,” said Melton. ” It was a tragic accident, and she has some serious injuries.”
Campus police responded to the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident involving a Tyler Junior College employee and student just before 9 a.m. Monday.
According to Campus Safety Chief Randy Melton, a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Precious Ivy, assistant women’s basketball coach, struck student Jamie Guerra in a faculty parking lot near Pirtle Technology Building.
Witnesses say Ivy’s front driver-side tire was stopped on Guerra’s leg until EMT students could rescue her.
Witness Tina Belcher said, “The car came around the corner and hit the girl and then started to back up, but everyone was yelling at them not to.”
Belcher also said that a group of men lifted the car off of the victim’s leg so the paramedics could get to her.
Guerra was complaining of pain in her face, chest, and legs when EMS left the scene.
Guerra was taken to East Texas Medical Center by ambulance. The student is reportedly conscious and in stable condition, with 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.