By Alex Headley
Walter Smith, 59, and his son, Noah Smith, 2, were crossing Highway 75 in front of Pinson Valley High School on Friday night when they were struck by a vehicle, witnesses said.
“About 9:10 pm this evening deputies working at the Pinson Valley High School Football game were alerted to an accident on the highway near the stadium,” Chief Deputy Randy Christian said Friday night. “A man and his son had left the game and were attempting to cross the highway to where their car was parked. As they crossed they were struck by a motorist who did not see them.”
“The 59 year old father (Walter) was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries,” Christian said. “The 60 year old driver was not injured. The accident remains under investigation. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family that has suffered this incredibly sad and tragic loss
. It is such a heart wrenching example of how quickly things can change and how fragile life can be.”
Reports say the incident took place as the two were leaving the stadium during the 3rd quarter of the PVHS game versus Pleasant Grove
Pinson city councilman Joe Cochran was one of the first people on the scene.
“It was a bad situation,” Cochran said. “I noticed a person lying on the side of the road and I called the deputies and had them come over with emergency services.”
Cocharan also said there was a female driving the vehicle and she stopped immediately. He also said the deputy had emergency personal on the scene within seconds.
The child was transported to the hospital by ambulance and the father was airlifted to the hospital.
The highway has reopened to traffic.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Kaitlin Headley also contributed to this story