Petersburg man hit by car could be charged

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A local man is fighting for his life after being hit by a car. The accident happened Wednesday night in Petersburg.

The driver of the car struck 48-year-old Tyrone MacLauehin.

"He fell back on the car. It knocked him up in the air and he fell back down and hit the car window," said Terry Browder.

Browder and MacLauehin have a child together.

She says he was leaving her house, in the 900 block of West Washington Street, when he was hit.

"He's not doing well. He's in terrible condition - waiting to go back to surgery," she added.

MacLauehin has life threatening injuries. He also has charges pending against him for jaywalking.

The driver is not facing any charges and was not injured. The passenger suffered minor injuries.

Police say MacLauehin was unlawfully crossing the street when he collided with the car -- that he wasn't in the crosswalk. A scenario some say, happens too often.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 76 pedestrians in Virginia died after being hit by a vehicle and nearly 1600 suffered injuries in 2010.

"It's a problem and a concern. Traffic safety is everyone's responsibility whether you're a pedestrian motorcyclist or motorist," said Windy VanCuren, Spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Pedestrian versus vehicle accidents are on the rise in the commonwealth.

"Eliminate distractions. You need to be aware of what's going on around you at all times- especially now that it's darker earlier," said VanCuren.

Pedestrians are encouraged to cross at a cross-walk.

"The law is there for your safety.  If you're walking on a road with no sidewalk, stay as far off the road as you can and walk against traffic so you can see the cars coming toward you," she added.

Loved ones of MacLauehin say they're praying he pulls through.

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