HOUSTON (FOX 26) - They were just standing on the sidewalk, that's all, Just standing on the sidewalk. They had no reason to expect a truck would strike them, but it comes as no surprise to people who live at the intersection where it happened.
"It's a bad corner," says Mary Smith. "They need a stop light, a stop sign. It's like a race course all day, all night."
It was around midnight on Friday. a driver was speeding down Calhoun and tried to pass another car, according to police.
"It appears the pickup truck was trying to go to the left the wrong way down Calhoun, struck the Infinity. spun out of control and struck two pedestrians," says Sergeant James Roque.
Police have charged 23-year-old Marshall Patrick Schoen with intoxication assault. One of the victims is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. It happened along the University of Houston fraternity row. A university spokesperson couldn't confirm if Schoen was a student, but the truck has a fraternity sticker in the rear window. The victims were students and, according to other students, the male victim is in another fraternity and the female victim is in a sorority.
While students avoided talking to FOX 26 News, the people who live around the affected neighborhood were eager to talk. They told FOX 26 not only do people speed through the intersection, but that students cross the street too casually at all hours of the day. They say that a tragedy was bound to happen sooner or later.
"They almost ran over me in this damn chair," says Andrew Tolbert. "Trying to cross right there. they have no respect coming around that curve."
Schoen is being held on $30,000 bond.