Police Rule Riley Co. Pedestrian Death An Accident

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RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Officials say a deadly collision involving an elderly pedestrian and teenage driver was the result of a horrible accident.

Carl Schurle, 72, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, from injuries he sustained in an accident west of Manhattan.

Officers were called to the 5800 block of Anderson Avenue just before 7 AM.

According to police, a 1991 Oldsmobile 98, driven by 18-year-old Jacob Brazzle, was eastbound when the vehicle struck Schurle, who was also eastbound, walking on the side of the road.

Schurle was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries. Brazzle was not injured.

Police say Schurle's car broke down some time ago and that he would walk to Manhattan from his residence in Riley County on a regular basis. On the morning he was struck, it was still very dark out and he was wearing dark clothing. There are no street lights in the area.

Brazzle, meanwhile, was on his way to work at the time of the collision and when he struck something, he thought at first it was a deer and circled back to see what it was. When he realized what happened, he ran to the nearest neighbor's home for help because he did not have a cell phone with him and returned to the scene of the accident to wait for emergency crews to arrive.

According to officials, the RCPD had received reports of Schurle being in the roadway in the past and other "near accidents" involving other passing drivers. Police officers would often give him rides into town to safe him the long walk and help keep him safe.