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Canyon man in critical condition after being hit by SUV

Canyon, TX - A Canyon man is in critical condition after crossing a state highway. According to police reports, early Monday morning a 71 year old man was hit by an SUV as he tried to run across westbound 4th Avenue.

Police say using a crosswalk can sometimes be an inconvenience but it could save your life. "The amount of time that it's going to save is not you know, worth risking your life, so find a crosswalk and you know just be aware of your surroundings," says Sgt. Aaron Savage, Canyon PD.

Police want to make sure everyone knows the rules when it comes to crossing the street. "Pedestrians outside of a crosswalk are suppose to yield to right away to vehicles where in a crosswalk the vehicles will yield in the right away to the pedestrian," says Sgt. Savage.

Police say cars have to yield to people in a crosswalk even if they have a green light. Sgt. Savage explains how and when the department knows to place a crosswalk somewhere. "Generally when we start seeing excessive foot traffic whether it be for a church or business just went in and it's drawing a crowd or drawing for that foot traffic, typically we would go out and do an analysis and if it's on a state highway we'll ask TxDOT to come out," says Sgt. Savage.

At this time the 62 year old man who hit the pedestrian is not facing any charges. And Canyon police told NewsChannel 10, the victim is now in Lubbock with multiple head and body injuries.

Police do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs played a factor.
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