A Jacksonville State University student was killed Tuesday night after he was hit by a car north of campus, officials said Wednesday morning.
Justin Wayne Tinker, 23, of Gadsden, was crossing Alabama 204 on the Chief Ladiga Trail when he was struck by a vehicle driven by another student, Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said.
Tinker was struck about 7:30 p.m. Paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Brown said, where he was eventually pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m.
Brown said the driver remained at the scene and complied with law enforcement. Tinker’s body will go to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for an autopsy, the coroner said.
State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell said by phone Wednesday morning that troopers assisted Jacksonville police in working the wreck.
Harrell said the vehicle that hit Tinker was a Ford F-150 and the driver did comply with a series of tests at Regional Medical Center.
“At this time we don’t suspect he was under the influence of anything,” Harrell said. “That could change depending on the results of the tests.”
Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson said police were unsure why Tinker was crossing the road.
“People said they saw him walking, stop there at the curb, start walking and boom,” the chief said. “It appears to just be inattention on both parties.”
The driver was estimated to be traveling at 40 mph, the chief said.
“The posted speed limit is 35,” he said. “So he wasn’t driving excessively fast. There’s still a lot to do in the investigation. It’s a shame, two lives ruined by this.”
JSU President John Beehler released a statement online regarding Tinker’s death.
“Mr. Tinker was scheduled to graduate this semester, and we plan to honor his memory at spring commencement in May,” Beehler wrote of the chemistry major. “Please join me in keeping his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Beehler said the JSU Counseling Services will be available to provide free services to students impacted by Tinker’s death. Anyone who wishes to schedule an appointment can do so at 256-782-5475.