After a car struck a student walking across Santa Gertrudis Ave. last week, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Student Government Association took action.
An unnamed 19-year-old female Kappa Delta Chi sister was walking across Santa Gertrudis from the Legends apartment complex Wednesday, Oct. 5, around 9 a.m. A 2016 Ford Mustang, according to the Kingsville Record and Bishop News, struck her.
The driver told police that the sun was in her eyes and she did not see the student walking. The student was transported to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg and then sent to a Houston hospital. She was paralyzed briefly and suffered from broken ribs. She will be in therapy for the remainder of the semester, it was reported.
Immediately after the accident, the city took action in placing flashing digital signs by the sidewalks to warn drivers to be careful for pedestrians. Two signs were placed on both sides on the street making it a three-way stop. Now drivers will be forced to stop.
On Monday, Oct. 10, David Barrera, SGA president, went to City Hall and talked to the city council about students’ concerns for safety on streets around A&M-Kingsville. Barrera spoke to the commission during Public Comment on Agenda Items. Circulating around the question, “Whose fault is it?” Barrera said, “Perhaps the commissioners are seeking a way to fix this; maybe include (the issue) in next meeting’s agenda, but I am here to express the concerns of the student body and how the city will help to prevent this happening again.” The commissioners have included this on next meeting’s agenda for Oct. 24.
After the meeting, Jesus A. Garza, Kingsville city manager, showed Barrera a rough draft of improvements, including a crosswalk and ADA sidewalks to be constructed between Legends apartment complex and the campus. A stop sign has already been placed near the accident site. “The city will be making changes to accommodate the students and citizens in Kingsville in street safety,” said Garza.