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Culver St. accident triggers safety meeting

By Scott Harvey

Commerce – Tuesday's one vehicle accident that injured two Texas A&M University-Commerce students triggers a safety meeting regarding the crash site.

A&M-Commerce officials will reportedly meet with the Texas Department of Transportation this week concerning the safety of the crosswalks at Highway 50 and Culver Street near Whitley Hall.

The injuries sustained by 19-year-old Michael Swann and 20-year-old Joshua Perry were not believed to be life threatening. Swann has since been released following treatment at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, and Perry was expected to be released soon if not already. Both sustained concussions. Perry also required staples for lacerations to the back of his head, according to Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews.

The two students were crossing the street when they were struck by a car driven by 41-year-old Terry Pope, who reportedly did not see the two in the crosswalk.

In a release by the university, A&M-Commerce Executive Director of Facilities David McKenna says, "[safety has] always been a concern of the university and, over the past few years, steps to improve the warning lights and crosswalks lighting have been taken."

"We continue to look at ways to improve the crosswalk notification system, and to that end, a meeting with TXDOT will be held to discuss additional enhancements," McKenna said.