By Ambrosia Neldon
Update: The 24-year-old pedestrian that was hit Saturday night has been identified as Adam Raut of Jackson, Mich. He is still in critical condition.
A 24 year-old man is in critical condition after being struck by a car just after the start of Western Michigan University’s first home football game. According to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, alcohol was a factor in the accident.
The incident happened approximately 7:40 p.m. on Stadium Drive, outside WMU’s Waldo Stadium. The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee that struck the victim, a 28-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested for operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.
“Officers found a 24 year-old male lying in the road unconscious with significant injuries to the head,” according to a press release from Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
Officers say they have gathered based on preliminary investigation that the pedestrian ran out in front of the vehicle.
The victim was transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and is listed in critical condition.
The driver, whose name has not been released, is currently lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail pending review of the investigation.
There were three passengers in addition to the driver in the Grand Cherokee. None were injured.