Man hit at bus stop may be released from hospital


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on July 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 7:44 AM

AUSTIN -- A single father who was seriously injured when a Suburban hit him at a bus stop continues to make progress at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Gabriel Cruz Alonso spoke to KVUE News from his hospital bed Thursday, four days after a crash which he feared was going to cost him his life.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Alonso through an interpreter Thursday.

The crash happened Sunday around 5 p.m. on East Riverside near Town Creek Drive.

Alonso told KVUE he had just left the Flea Market and was waiting at the East Riverside bus stop to go home.

Police say around that time the driver of a Suburban, in his 20s, grew impatient waiting behind a stopped car at a red light. Witnesses saw the Suburban whip around the stopped car and clip another car before careening into Alonso at 30 mph.

Alonso said through an interpreter that he had no time to react because it happened so quickly.

The driver was later ticketed for following too closely. He was also tested for alcohol at the scene and police say he showed no signs of intoxication.

Gabriel Alonso says he’s extremely grateful that his six-year-old son was not with him at the bus stop like he normally is.

Alonso, a cook at The Kolache Factory, does not have health insurance, but he told KVUE the man who hit him does, which is why he is now hiring an attorney.

The injured man also adds that he holds no ill will against the man who hit him, but says he would like to see Austin drivers practice a little more patience.

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