Local Teen Injured when Struck by Vehicle
On Monday, December 6th, 2010 at approximately 4 PM, Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police (DFSP) responded to a vehicle versus a pedestrian accident on Walton Road near Frederick Drive.
It was initially reported that a high school student was playing near the roadway and darted in front of a car. Further investigation revealed that a fifteen year old male, Austin Carter, of DeFuniak Springs, was attempting to cross to the north side of Walton Road when he was struck by a vehicle mirror. The driver of the vehicle, 61 year old Charles Linton, also of DeFuniak Springs, stated that Austin stepped in front of his vehicle and he tried to avoid him. Linton's passenger side mirror struck Austin.
Austin was conscious and treated at the scene. He was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center by Walton Fire Rescue where he was listed in stable condition at the time of the report. He was later released to his parents. Linton was not injured.
Austin is being shown at fault for failure to yield right of way. No charges have been filed and no charges are pending.
DeFuniak Springs Police urges motorists to be more alert to pedestrians and especially kids during the Holidays. Schools will be letting out on December 17th. More children will be out and around roadways. Please be alert to help keep our kids safe!
DeFuniak Springs Police
By: Lt. Richard Black
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: December 7th, 2010
Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Special Operations Commander
“Committed to Community Service”
Office: (850) 892-8513
Fax: (850) 892-8516