Pedestrian hit along CR 42; same driver involved in Nov. 10 accident

Published 5:18 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011

For the second time in three months, a pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle on County Road 42 and seriously injured.

Making the most recent case even more remarkable is that the same driver was involved with both incidents.

At about 6:05 a.m. on Jan. 27, a 60-year-old Union Grove man was struck by a pick-up truck near Interstate 65 Exit 219, Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said.

The man suffered internal injuries that required surgery but are not expected to be life-threatening.

The driver of the pick-up truck told police he was traveling west and turned slightly off the road to keep from hitting a tractor-trailer coming from the opposite direction.

When he did, he instead hit the man, just off the bridge that crosses over 65.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, Fulmer said, and encouraged anyone who witnessed the incident to call JPD at 688-4491.

“We owe it to the victim’s family and to the driver to gather all the facts before we make a determination about what happened,” Fulmer said.

Meanwhile, a Jemison Middle School fifth grader who was struck on the same road by the same driver is recovering.

Rene’ Gigandet has returned home and has begun the process of making up schoolwork, according to Jemison officials.

She was struck near the intersection of CR 42 and Hwy. 31, near Piggly Wiggly, on Nov. 10.