Two teenage girls were seriously injured Friday night after being hit by a pickup near the entrance to the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur.
A group of seven young people parked at the gas station on the corner of John Street and Farm Road 51 South and were attempting to cross the highway to go to the Reunion just before 9 p.m.
Barbarann Crawford, 19, Cassi York, 15, and Tamara Sparkman, 16, linked arms and crossed the southbound lanes of 51.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said traffic was backed up in the center turn lane and the girls walked between cars and then stepped in front of a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup.
The pickup struck Crawford and York, who was more seriously injured.
“She flew about 30 feet,” Hoskins said.
York was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Lifeteam 68, and Crawford was transported to JPS via a Wise County EMS ambulance. Hoskins did not yet know the extent of their injuries.
Sparkman was knocked to the ground and had a scraped arm and knee but was not transported.
The police chief said the pickup was driven by William Boaz, 55, of Decatur. He was not injured and is not facing any charges related to the accident.
Nathen Dawson, 21, is engaged to Crawford, and he said he tried to tell the girls to stop.
“We were right there on the white line [in the center of the southbound lanes], and I told them to hurry up and get to the middle,” he said. “I yelled for them to stop, but they didn’t hear.”