SAN ANTONIO -- A woman is in critical condition after she is struck by a car at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, and the man behind the wheel could face criminal negligence charges.
"We had an elderly man come to the VA hospital for a medical appointment of some sort," said Sgt. Michael Oliva of the San Antonio Police Department.
Sgt. Oliva says the man drove up to the front entrance and valet parked. But he wasn't at the hospital long.
"I don't know if he got seen or not, and if anything else might have happened, but he ended up walking back outside with his wife," explained Sgt. Oliva.
Then the unthinkable happened.
"He accelerated, lost control of his vehicle, went around the little bend here at the hospital," Sgt. Oliva told us.
A hospital employee was hit by the entrance of the building. The 49-year-old woman suffered extensive injuries to her upper body.
"Once he hit the female," Sgt. Oliva said. "The vehicle ended up hitting a tree that's right in front of the hospital."
The victim was undergoing surgery at University Hospital Friday afternoon. Her condition is still critical.
The driver and his wife were checked out and are all right. Police are still questioning witnesses and are looking into whether a confrontation inside the hospital took place prior to the accident. The driver has not been arrested.