Cuesta student is stable after being hit by truck in SLO

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJanuary 24, 2013 

When San Luis Obispo residents Tara and Gregory Mitchell learned a car accident had just occurred near their neighborhood and they hadn’t heard from their son, they began to worry.

“I was calling him and calling him, and I just had a weird feeling,” Tara Mitchell said through tears Friday afternoon.

As it turned out, it was their son, Jeffrey Mitchell, 20, of San Luis Obispo, who was hit by a utility truck as he was crossing Tank Farm Road in southeastern San Luis Obispo on Thursday evening.

He was first taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and then transferred to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. His family traveled to Santa Barbara to be with him. His injuries include broken bones in his right leg, arm, wrist and pelvis; he also suffered a bruised lung, his mother said.

“Really, the whole right side of his body is broken,” Tara Mitchell said.

The investigating officer wasn’t available Friday to describe what police believe led up to the incident, to comment on the investigation or update the status of the driver, San Luis Obispo Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Booth said.

Tara Mitchell said her son, a Cuesta College student studying music, was coming home on the bus from school. She suspects he was crossing from the bus stop on Tank Farm Road near Brookpine Drive to get to his house in the neighborhood across the street.

“We’re so blessed, and it’s amazing that he’s alive. But, we’re still angry,” Tara Mitchell said. She’s upset, she noted, because the area around the bus stop is dark and on a curved section of road with no crosswalk.

“I think it is necessary for the public to know how serious this is and the precautions we should be taking as a city to make sure this never happens again,” Tara Mitchell said.

“And this is coming not only from Jeffrey’s father and me, but also this is how Jeff feels. He is scared for anyone else to get hurt or worse.”

Jeffrey Mitchell recently made Cuesta’s chamber choir and is in a local band called The Bold.

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