Man recovering after being hit by van

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, October 19, 2013

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A man who walked into oncoming traffic to avoid going to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse is making a speedy recovery after getting hit by a van.

Mark Chavez, 22, of Albuquerque, N.M., was hit the morning of Oct. 9 after he jumped out of a pickup on U.S. 81/287, just north of Farm Road 1810 in Decatur.

“He suffered a broken bone in his back, but he’s already been released from the hospital,” said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. “There was no paralysis from the injury.”

The vehicle that struck him was traveling approximately 55 miles per hour at the time of impact.

Chavez walked out in front of the van and appeared to throw his hands up just before he was hit, Hoskins said. He bounced off the van, driven by Lisa Workman, 49, of Chico, crushing the windshield, and was launched several feet into the air before he landed in the middle of the road.

He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for his injuries.

It’s “very rare” that a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle traveling that fast with so little injury, Hoskins said.

According to the victim’s mother, Luz Rodriguez, Chavez had jumped out of her pickup just before he got hit. She was attempting to take him to a rehab facility in Dallas for alcohol and drug abuse. She said he’d fallen in with the wrong crowd, and she was trying to get him help.’

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