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Search for semi involved in hit-and-run with a man in a wheelchair

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Updated: 6/25/2013 1:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An elderly man is fighting for his life after he was knocked off his motorized scooter on the sidewalk Monday morning.

Police are calling it a hit-and-run,
and they're searching for a semi truck driver.

"It was pretty scary," said witness Robin Troup.

Troup was one of the first to the corner of 8th Street and North Pearl Street moments after 63-year-old Thomas Jackson was hit and knocked to the ground.

"He was laying out on the sidewalk," said Troup. "He was just laying there so I'm assuming he was unconscious."

Troup immediately grabbed her phone and called 911. Police told Action News Jackson was rushed to the hospital with life threatening
injuries. They're calling it a hit-and-run, saying while the man waited at the corner of Pearl and 8th Streets to cross, a semi-truck attempted to turn onto Pearl. Police said the truck's rear tires jumped the curb and hit the man. Action News is told the driver may not even be aware of what happened.

"That terrifies me," said Sheila Forrester of the incident.

Forrester rides a similar scooter. She told Action News close calls crossing the road are daily occurrences in this area.

"They don't notice you. You have to watch for them," Forrester said.

Troup said the intersection has lots of truck traffic. She said most of the drivers struggle to make the turn.

"It's not a very wide street, I would say, in order for them to make a turn but yeah it has posed a problem sometimes," said Troup.

Our cameras caught several large vehicles having a tough time. But Monday's tragedy is enough to make Forrester change her riding habits.

"I'll just pay more attention and put it on me instead of them having to watch. We watch the lights,
but now I'm going to have to watch the people and the lights," Forrester said.

The search is now on for the involved semi. Police said they're hunting for a red semi with a white box trailer. The trailer has cursive script writing in blue or black on the rear doors.

Detectives are also looking for the driver of a gold car that was traveling south on North Pearl Street. Detectives say they believe that driver made attempts to get the driver of the semi-truck to stop and may have additional information that could help.

Anyone with information is urged to call police. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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himpji - 6/24/2013 11:24 PM
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As a Class A Driver/Trainer/Instructor, I can say that there was no reason the man should've been hit (at all). I've made that and/or similar turns on such streets many times. Sometimes (I've seen) some truckers would not take the time for the intersection to clear for them to make the turn. In school, the right turn is one of the main parts of the new student's training, and they HAVE to make that turn safely on the practice pad as well as on the street (in commercial areas). To be hired in a local job, most carriers require at least two years experience over the road (OTR), and this is why. This is the type of driver who gives us all a bad name. Please don't view this driver as a prime example of Truck Drivers; there are many with millions of safe miles, and most of the drivers that I know are of the sort that strive to attain such credentials in their back ground. But I do hope this moron is caught, and maybe even have the same thing done to him. Strap him down in a chair and let a (few) trucks hit and drag him, as he did to this man. Please all pray for this man, as well as for all the other drivers who are going to have to deal with the repercussions of what this moron did. And dude, if you are reading this know this: Even if you escape the wrath of the law here, you will not escape the wrath of the Most High God. ANd when HE gets you, you will not be able to hide. And no one can deliver you devil. Yes I mean you, if you are the one that hit that man. I would pray for you if you turn yourself in, and maybe JAH (ps 68:4 kjv) will have mercy upon you...even though you don't mind NOT showing mercy (at the moment). You deserve what you get. pji
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