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Man hit by car, police ask questions

Updated: Wednesday, March 12 2014, 05:38 PM EDT


Wheeling police are investigating after a man was hit by a car Tuesday night.

It happened just before 9 p.m. in front of Bridge Street Middle School in Elm Grove.

Officers say the man is Charles Thomas, 29, of Wheeling. Thomas underwent surgery last night and is in intensive care.

“He was on his way to a friend’s in the area and it’s unfortunate-- he suffered some head injuries,” said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.

“Officers reconstructed the scene and there’s a lot to do to determine the cause,” he added.

Police did not identify the driver of the car, but say she is a young woman.

Witnesses tell NEWS9 that they believe she was texting and looking down, but police say they have not determined that and she has not yet been cited.

Officers say Thomas stepped out in front of the car and was wearing dark clothing.

“It’s unusual for someone to be crossing the street in the dark in that area,” said Schwertfeger.

The chief says the investigation is complex and officers are now analyzing skid marks, looking at computer data from the car involved and interviewing witnesses.

Wheeling police have investigated two fatal car versus pedestrian accidents in the last six months.

Peter Young, 34, was hit by a truck at the bottom of the Washington Avenue I-70 westbound on-ramp. The driver has not come forward and police continue to investigate.

No charges were filed in an accident that left a woman dead on Wheeling Island last December.

Susie J. Tamburin, 52, of Wheeling, died after being struck by a vehicle on the Island. The accident was ruled an accident.

Schwertfeger says drivers need to pay close attention to their surroundings, as do people walking.

“Use your head and dress appropriately if you are going to be on the streets at night,” said Schwertfeger.

Man hit by car, police ask questions

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