Accident in H-E-B parking lot damages vehicles, hospitalizes one pedestrian

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Parked vehicles were damaged after a man lost control of his vehicle Feb. 26 in the H.E.B. parking lot. The San Marcos Police Department took photos and mapped out the incident during a two-hour onsite investigation.

An accident in the H-E-B parking lot at 200 W. Hopkins St. Wednesday afternoon damaged several cars and sent one pedestrian to the hospital.

An “elderly gentleman” was reversing his vehicle at about 4:30 p.m. when he lost control, said Tommy Norris, San Marcos Fire Department captain. An “elderly pedestrian” in the parking lot was injured and transported by emergency medical service to a hospital in Austin, Norris said. He did not know if the male pedestrian was injured directly by the driver or by another vehicle. Norris said four to five vehicles were damaged in the incident.

EMS and SMFD officials rendered first aid to the injured pedestrian and “packaged him for transport” to the hospital, Norris said. He did not know the ages of the injured man or the driver of the car, he said.

The magnitude and “chaos” of the scene and the need to quickly transport the injured pedestrian prevented Norris from gathering his usual amount of information, he said.

Norris said it appeared the driver of the vehicle may have pressed on the accelerator instead of the brake, causing him to lose control. Norris said he did not think drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

“I think it’s just one of those things that was an accident,” Norris said. “So I don’t know what may transpire as far as legal actions.”

Police performed a two-hour on-site investigation that included taking pictures and mapping out the parking lot, which was cleared by around 6:30 p.m., Norris said.