Pedestrian killed in Denison accident

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. -- One man is dead after an accident in Denison. Police say it happened Sunday night around 10:30 on FM 120.

George Alfaro and his wife, of High Ridge, Missouri, were walking across FM 120 after eating at Arby’s, when a vehicle headed westbound hit and killed the 83-year-old Mr. Alfaro.

Police say the driver saw the wife but did not see the man.

George Alfaro was taken to Texoma Medical Center by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m.

Officials say there will not be an autopsy, and because it was an accident, the driver will not be ticketed.

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  • by anonymous Location: anonymous on Mar 5, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    First off I do feel very sorry for all involved and pray for them all. I would like to bring it to everyone's attention that TMC was not equipped to handle any neurological complications on this night, air ambulance helicopters could not fly due to the weather. And the kicker is Wilson N. Jones had the staff to handle neuro but the physician on duty at WNJ ER that night REFUSED the patient, yes I said refused to accept Mr. Alfaro. Maybe it would not have made any difference but then again maybe just maybe Mr. Alfaro would have been given at least some chance and in a head injury some is better than none!!!!!
  • by Terri Location: St. Louis, Missouri on Mar 5, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    I am George Alfaro's daughter. The citizens of Denison were very kind to my mother and I would like to extend my thanks for all that was done until I was able to arrive. Even though the reason I was there was tragic, the feelings I carry away with me about Denison are all positive.
  • by Toshia Location: Sherman on Mar 5, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    Pedestrians have the right of way PERIOD. That is vehicular manslaughter. If the driver saw the wife wouldn't they have stopped or at least slowed to a crawl?! I pray for the wife and family and for the driver, he is the one that has to live with the thought of having caused the death of an 83 year old man.
  • by Amy on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    Wasn't it raining on Sunday night? Perhaps visibility was poor (it was raining outside Bells, I know). And pedestrians do not always have the right of way... as far as I know, drivers on a major road where there are no crosswalks are not required to stop for someone who wants to cross. What a confusing mess that would be. I do feel sorry for all the parties involved in this tragedy, I cannot imagine what the victim's wife and the driver must be going through. (And not every accident in the world is caused by someone yakking on their cellphone!)
  • by Fact Seeker Location: Denison on Mar 4, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    My, my. How quick some of us are to judge another persons actions. No one would knowingly aim a car and TRY to run down two elderly people crossing the in the middle of a Hwy, in the dark of night while the heavy rain is poring down. Good grief! Get real, and get the facts before you write your silly, judgmental comments. I trust our law enforcement to know an ACCIDENT when they see one. A ticket would have been issued if this were anymore than what it was, an accident! May God Bless all involved. Such a sad, sad rainy night this was.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    pedestrians always have the right of way, even jay-walking illegally. I also wonder about the phone records, but an accident is an accident. and "another driver" read your state's driver manual for the license exam. roads are not solely reserved for cars.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    There is nothing in this news release nor in the newspaper coverage that indicates this guy crossed the street in the middle of the block rather than at the intersection. Perhaps you know better, and he did cross somewhere away from the intersection, and that would make crossing much more dangerous. However, under any circumstances it is an unsafe place to try to cross Hwy 120. I would imagine someone visiting from Missouri, especially an 83 yr old, may not be fully aware as to how dangerous crossing there would be. He and his wife were staying at hotel located north of Hwy 120, and they had just left Arby's, right at the 120/75 intersection. Furthermore, it is doubtful that he'd be aware of the fact that even when the eastbound 120 traffic has a red light (being the very indicator which signifies that it should be ok for a pedestrian to cross when at that location), the westbound traffic does not. Your cavalier attitude toward someone losing his life in this manner is despicable.
  • by Opinion8ed Location: on Texoma on Mar 4, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    "another driver" is right, even in daytime and good weather that is a very unsafe place to try crossing 120. Maybe the city will consider a cross walk there.. This is so tragic, but could have been avoided with an actual crosswalk.
  • by another driver Location: denison on Mar 4, 2008 at 03:27 AM
    you are correct Ralph, people do have the right to cross to street, in a cross walk not in the middle of the block of a main 5 lane roadway at night with poor weather conditions.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 3, 2008 at 10:20 PM
    THE MAN WAS CROSSING THE STREET! People have a right to cross the street! Not knowing all the facts about the situation, I certainly don't condemn the driver, but while driving "minding your own business" should involve watching out for the other guy, whether the other guy is driving or walking. This poor guy was 83 years old, and didn't deserve to die this way. What a tragedy for him, his wife, and his family.
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