Motorist accidentally injures pedestrian while pulling onto Main Street

A 58-year-old woman in Philomath suffered a broken ankle while walking with her 8-year-old granddaughter on a sidewalk along Main Street Monday when a motorist ran over her foot. The accident occurred a little past 3 p.m. after school had been dismissed.

The child was not injured.

The Philomath Police Department responded to the incident at 3:10 p.m. Chief of Police Ken Rueben reported that the vehicle was waiting to exit the Philomath Liquor Store parking lot.

“As he’s looking to the east, the grandmother and her granddaughter are walking eastbound on the sidewalk, so they walk in front of his car and when he’s clear to go, he goes but he doesn’t look to the right,” Rueben said.

As the driver made the turn, a tire caught the woman’s foot. Philomath Fire & Rescue responded to the call and splinted her ankle. She was then transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

Video of the incident reviewed by police indicated that the 8-year-old had noticed the vehicle beginning to pull out and attempted to pull her grandmother back but it was too late.

Police determined the incident had been an accident with no citation issued to the driver.


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