A Guthrie man remains hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle just after 8 p.m. on Friday.
According to police reports, a 16-year-old driver was headed north on Division St. when he struck the pedestrian identified as Randy Tipton (62).
Tipton was transported by Guthrie EMS to an Oklahoma City hospital with substantial injuries where he underwent surgery on Monday afternoon.
Tipton stated in the police report that he was “going home from Sonic,” and he was apparently crossing the road just before he was struck with the front passenger corner of a 2004 Toyota Tundra.
The report states that the point of impact was seven feet and one inch west of the east curb line of US 77.
According to the police marking on the road, the point of impact occurred on Division St. just south of Lincoln Ave. and the vehicle came to a resting point approximately 54 feet north on the roadway.
The pedestrian was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Police working the accident placed no fault on the driver and deemed all responsibility to be with the pedestrian.
“It appears that the person’s intoxication played in heavily in the accident,” said Sgt. Anthony Gibbs with the Guthrie Police Department.
According to Oklahoma state law, if the driver is charged with an offense after an accident involving severe bodily injury or death, they shall submit to a blood test.
However, a drug recognition expert on the scene found the driver to be free from the influence of any intoxicants and no blood tests were taken at that time.
A Sonic bag with an uneaten hamburger and an unopened whiskey bottle believed to have been in the pedestrian’s hands at the time of impact were found just off of the roadway in the grass.
According to family members, Tipton remains under physician care for multiple broken bones and is recovering from surgery on his left leg.