UPDATE:

Dothan, Ala. (WDHN) — The pedestrian has been identified as 44-year old Rebecca Barker.

Barker remains in critical condition at Southeast Health in Dothan.

Stick with WDHN as we continue to follow this accident.


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The accident occurred early Wednesday morning at the intersection of Oates Street and Powell Street in Dothan it remains under investigation with one person remaining in critical condition.

At 5:10 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman was walking across the street from the gas station and she was suddenly hit by a forty-foot box truck.

From their initial investigation, police believe the woman was using the crosswalk appropriately.

“I mean she was on the right path, but we are still trying to get video and stuff to make sure the green light versus red light and who had the right of way,” Dothan Police Lieutenant Dennis Sallas said.

The woman was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, so far, she has not been identified.

Police were investigating whether the driver of the truck or the woman might have been impaired, but they don’t think that’s likely and they don’t believe the lighting was a factor.

This is an area where homeless people are known to frequently cross the street.

“There’s quite a bit of light right there at that intersection just from the gas station and the street lights,” Lt. Sallas said.

While Dothan has seen its share of pedestrian accidents along the busy circle, however, one at the intersection of Oates Street and Powell Street is uncommon.

Police have seen an increase in the number of pedestrians hit on the road over the past few years, those accidents are often due to either impairment or distraction on the part of the driver or the pedestrian.

“Some of them just don’t pay attention to the traffic on the roadway,” Lt. Sallas said.

Nobody has been charged at this time and police say charges are unlikely.

Dothan police are still trying to contact the next of kin of the person who was involved in the accident.

WDHN will continue to follow this case as it progresses.