A Wichita Falls man was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 287 approximately two miles north of Bellevue late Wednesday night following a dispute with a woman believed to be his wife.
Arnold Ayla, 47, was transported by helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. Ayla appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to a DPS Trooper on scene.
The accident happened in front of D.W.’s Adult Video. An employee of the store told investigators that Ayla had walked into the parking lot and entered the store when a woman arrived at the location in a vehicle. The two began to argue and left the store.
At 10:56 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, a passing motorist called 911 to report a man laying in the northbound lanes of Hwy. 287. Minutes later, a second caller reported that a man had been struck while standing in the southbound lanes.
Ayla was struck by a 2000 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Allen Carson, a female, age 50, of Pineville, La., Carson and two passengers, Kira Shaver, 20, and Shauna Allen, 14, where traveling to Louisiana from Arizona when the accident occurred.
Carson said she swerved to miss Ayla, but struck him with the passenger side mirror. The windshield was also damaged on the passenger’s side in the impact. Carson lost control of the vehicle, which came to rest facing north on the shoulder of the road.
Shaver, who was riding in the front passenger’s seat, was treated on scene for a laceration on her leg.
Once emergency personnel arrived, the woman with Ayla had left the scene, telling the driver of the minivan that she would meet Ayla at the hospital in Wichita Falls. She later contacted the driver by phone and was told that Ayla had been taken to Fort Worth.