Man charged after hitting pedestrian

Published 3:07 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Jemison man has been charged with assault after striking pedestrians with his vehicle for the second time in three months.

Thomas Brackin Jr., 74, was charged with second degree assault, a Class B felony, and arrested about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after an investigation by the Jemison Police Department.

“Throughout the investigation, evidence that was obtained contradicted the original statements given on the scene of the accident,” JPD Chief Shane Fulmer said.

At about 6:05 a.m. on Jan. 27, a 60-year-old Union Grove man was struck by a pick-up truck on County Road 42 near Interstate 65 Exit 219.

The man suffered internal injuries that required surgery but were not life-threatening.

The driver 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.

But video from a gas station near the site of the incident contradicted Brackin’s claim, as did eyewitnesses who came forward after the incident.

Fulmer said no motive is apparent, and no medical condition has been discovered that would impair Brackin’s driving ability.

Brackin is out of jail on bond.

Brackin also struck a fifth grader on the same road, near its intersection with Highway 31, on Nov. 10, 2010.

The earlier incident was ruled an accident, and Fulmer said he remains confident with that ruling.