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Ashland High student released from hospital after being struck

ASHLAND — An Ashland High School student was hit by a car in a Siskiyou Boulevard crosswalk at about noon Tuesday, not far from the site where a college student was struck and killed two years ago.

Eldon Tobrock, 18, was knocked into the air, but was not seriously injured and was released in the afternoon from Ashland Community Hospital.

"I'm doing good though, no broken bones, no internal bleeding, already back home," read a message on Tobrock's MySpace page, posted at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police charged the driver, Anthony Martin, 21, with careless driving, failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk, charges that carry fines and potentially other penalties, said Officer John Peronne with the Ashland Police Department.

Martin, a Southern Oregon University student and Jacksonville resident, said he didn't see Tobrock until just before the crash, which occurred on the northbound side of Siskiyou Boulevard, in the lane closest to the high school.

"I tried (to stop)," he said. "I slammed on the brakes as hard as I could. I even pulled the emergency brake.

"But there's no excuse for what I did," he said.

As he lay on the ground after being struck, Tobrock told school officials, including Ashland High School Principal Jeff Schlecht and Superintendent Juli Di Chiro, he had assumed the car would stop because the car next to it, in the left-hand lane, had stopped.

"The guy just kept going 25 (mph)," Tobrock said. "There wasn't anything I could do. I was walking one second and the other second I was on the ground."

Tobrock was struck while students were returning to campus as the school's lunch period was about to end minutes later, at 12:05 p.m.

A crossing guard is scheduled to flag students through the crosswalk during the five minutes before the lunch period ends. The crossing guard was not at the crosswalk when Tobrock was struck, because it was not quite noon, Di Chiro said.

The crash occurred almost two years after Southern Oregon University student Gladys Jimenez, 22, died after being hit by a car while crossing Siskiyou Boulevard.

Hannah Guzik is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 226, or hguzik@dailytidings.com.

Ashland Fire workers help prepare an Ashland High School Student for transportation to the hospital after he was struck by a car while crossing Siskiyou Boulevard from the high school Tuesday. Mail Tribune / Jim Craven - Jim Craven