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Man hit by truck

POSTED: June 30, 2007 5:02 a.m.
A pedestrian, struck by a vehicle Wednesday while trying to cross Highway 84 in front of the Huddle House in Hinesville, is recovering from his injuries, according to authorities.
The incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m.
Hinesville Police Traffic Investigator Lt. Max McLendon, said a vehicle was traveling eastbound in the lane closest to the center lane, when the pedestrian began to walk cross the highway toward Sandy Run Drive.
McLendon said a driver on the inside lane slammed on their brakes to avoid hitting the pedestrian, but a truck in the outside lane hit the man when he stepped in front of the vehicle.
According to a witness, the pedestrian, Raymond Wilcox, 55, of Othella, was thrown for several feet.
Liberty EMS was quickly dispatched to the scene and a call for the Life Star helicopter was placed, but because of thunderstorms in the Savannah area, it was unable to respond.
Wilcox was transported by Liberty EMS to Memorial Health in Savannah. He was reportedly treated for a laceration to the head and sustained internal injuries. He is now listed in stable condition.
The driver of the truck Juan Mendoza, 28, of Glennville was  questioned about his citizenship status.
Immigration officials were notified and asked that he be detained until they could interview him.
Mendoza was taken to Liberty County jail and after meeting with immigration officials he was released on his own recognizance. He was cited with driving without a license.
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