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Blotter: Pedestrian seriously injured after attempting to cross interstate

Denton police did not make any arrests after a 26-year-old woman hit and injured a pedestrian Tuesday night while driving in the 2200 block of North Interstate 35E, according to a police report.

Denton police responded to the scene about 10:20 p.m. Paramedics initially thought the male pedestrian, who is believed to be in his 20s, suffered life-threatening injuries after the crash. But his injuries weren't as bad as initially anticipated, and he is now expected to survive, department spokesman Bryan Cose said.

Driving a red Hyundai Tuscan, the woman notified police after hitting the man in the southbound lanes of the interstate. Investigators interviewed her, and she did not show signs of intoxication, Cose said. She also didn't appear to be using her cellphone, police said.

Cose said the man had been trying to cross the interstate at the time of the accident.

"It sounds like a pedestrian simply walked out in front of the car," he said.

Corinth police continue search for missing resident Kenneth Draper

Corinth police have been searching for resident Kenneth Draper since he was last seen at his home in the Fairview West neighborhood on Aug. 10.

Department spokesman Lt. Jimmie Gregg said the 53-year-old Draper, who lives in the 2200 block of Brazos Drive, left his cellphone, credit cards and other forms of identification at the home before going missing.

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Kenneth Draper

His sister-in-law, Gail Percle, told Dateline NBC that Draper's wife noticed their bathroom light turn on and off about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Percle told the TV news magazine that his wife woke up about 6:30 a.m. the next day and couldn't find him.

Gregg said his cars were still at the home. He said two search dogs from Search One Rescue Team have been helping Corinth officers search wooded areas around the city, as well as the areas around Draper's home.

"We've already begun expanding the search," Gregg said. "We just want to make sure he's safe."

Draper is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about this case can call the Corinth Police Department at 940-349-1600.

Other reports

1400 block of East University Drive — Police on Tuesday found the vehicle that hit and seriously injured a cyclist early Monday morning in the 1400 block of East University Drive, but Denton police Officer Sean Aja says police are still searching for the driver.

The driver reportedly fled the scene after the crash without notifying police. The 52-year-old male cyclist was conscious when paramedics arrived, and his injuries were not life threatening.

A citizen reported seeing the vehicle with a missing passenger side rearview mirror on Tuesday afternoon. Aja would not comment on the exact make and model of the car Wednesday.

"At this time we do not want to release what type of vehicle it is until we have more information as to who was driving it," Aja said.

2200 block of North Carroll Boulevard — Police said a man threatened to kill a woman Tuesday while punching her car, which was parked near Cottonwood Nursing and Rehabilitation.

A woman called police about 3 p.m. to report a man punching a vehicle with a woman inside, according to a police report. Police later learned the man threatened to kill the woman and tried to get inside the car. 

The man left the scene before officers arrived and no arrest were made.

300 block of West Oak Street — A 38-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges after police pulled him over for having an expired registration and an unconfirmed insurance status, according to a report. 

The man, Raul Garcia, was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of failure to identify and three outstanding theft warrants. He also had outstanding warrants for failure to display driver's license, failure to maintain financial responsibility and having an expired registration, the report said.

After Garcia pulled his car over in the parking lot of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, he lied to officers about his identity, the report said. No other arrests were made.


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 988 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 50 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 146 calls for service and made seven arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 23 medical calls, three vehicle accidents and two calls for public service.