Kenedy man seriously injured after hit by van
by Joe Baker
Apr 11, 2013 | 4363 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENEDY – A Kenedy pedestrian was seriously injured when he was hit by a minivan on Main Street in downtown Kenedy Friday, April 5.

According to police, Matthew Thiele, 26, of Kenedy was crossing Main Street from an area where businesses are located toward a parking lot. He was crossing between 2nd and 3rd Streets, police said.

Thiele was struck by a Chrysler Caravan driven by Lindsay Riojas, 26, of Kenedy, who was driving west on Main Street.

Riojas was reportedly following behind another vehicle not involved with the accident when Thiele apparently stepped behind the vehicle she was following. Riojas applied her brakes and took evasive action but didn’t have time to stop before striking Thiele.

Police don’t believe the vehicle was speeding at the time of the accident.

Thiele was transported by EMS to Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital and later was transported from the hospital via AirLife to San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).

A hospital spokesperson said Monday that Thiele was listed in stable condition.

A similar accident happened several weeks ago on the opposite side of the same intersection, according to police.

An elderly gentleman was injured while crossing to the Karnes County Adult Day Care center when a driver turning onto Main from Second Street hit the man, claiming that he did not see him. The man was treated by EMS, police said.

The downtown area is becoming more and more hazardous to pedestrians, Kenedy Police Chief Duane DuBose said.

“Between First Street and about Fourth Street,” DuBose said. “There are so many things going on with the street. You have cars backing up. You have pedestrians intermingling with vehicles, you have got two intersections coming out, there are a lot of things going on. We are just asking people that when they come down to Main Street, remember the posted speed limits. Be aware, and when walking, use the crosswalks.”

“Be aware of what is going on,” DuBose offered in the form of advice to both pedestrians and those driving vehicles in the downtown area.
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