By Gaige Davila
A Port Isabel High School student was struck by a car on Port Road in Port Isabel around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, according to Port Isabel Police Department.
The student, who is 17-years-old, is currently in Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville, Texas. As of Wednesday morning (January 15), the student’s condition was listed as “critical,” for head trauma they experienced in the collision.
Witnesses say they saw the student arguing with another person along Port Road, when the student attempted to walk across the road. A vehicle, a black Dodge Charger, stopped when the student entered the road, then continued driving after the student returned to the sidewalk.
As the vehicle neared the student, witnesses say the student threw himself into the vehicle’s path, where he collided with the Charger’s roof and windshield.
Bystanders who witnessed the collision moved the student across the street, in front of the Laguna Madre Youth Center, and waited until first responders arrived.
Port Isabel Police Department Chief Robert Lopez said the student was conscious when officers arrived at the scene but was not able to speak.
PIPD’s investigation is ongoing, but Lopez said the incident will likely be deemed an accident. Involved parties, such as the driver, the person the student was seen with, and the witnesses, have all been cooperative.
Lopez said PIPD will update their findings on Friday, January 17. Lopez also said PIPD will attempt to interview the student once their condition improves.