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Motorist Strikes Pedestrian in Santa Rosa

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Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:18 PM

Updated: Nov 27, 2012 10:09 PM

CAMERON COUNTY - Santa Rosa police said a teenager is in stable condition after a car struck him Monday evening.

Police said the 15-year-old boy may have been distracted by an electronic device when the accident happened.

Police dash camera video shows the moment when Santa Rosa Police Officer Julian Villalobos responded to the scene. The accident happened near Highway 107 and FM 506.

Villalobos was conducting a traffic stop nearby when the accident happened.

"I heard two individuals screaming at another individual that was actually crossing the road ... to stop and to not cross the road," Villalobos said.

"I heard a vehicle strike something," the officer said.

Police have not released the victim's name. They said he is in stable condition.

Villalobos said there are no signs of skid marks at the point of impact. He said it seems the driver never hit the breaks.

Police said the driver did stop to render aid. He will not face any charges.

Villalobos is investigating whether the boy may have been distracted by an electronic device.

"We can't confirm that the individual was on the cell phone, or what appeared to be a Kindle Fire. We do suspect ... that's the reason that he didn't pay attention to his friends for him to stop from going into the road," Villalobos said.

The officer said the railroad tracks are not a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians are supposed to yield to oncoming traffic.

Officers are waiting to interview two possible witnesses.

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