October 25, 2011 - Monongalia County, W.Va. - A woman is in the hospital after being struck by a Monongalia County Sheriff's Department vehicle during the afternoon on Thursday, October 20.
WDTV reports that the accident happened at about 1 p.m. on University Avenue. According to Sheriff Al Kisner, one of the department's reserve officers was attempting to make a left turn across the Westover Bridge when the woman began to cross the street. The woman was then struck by the officer's vehicle.
The woman was injured in the accident. She was immediately taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.
Reports have not indicated whether or not the officer was injured as well. The accident is under stages of investigation and is being handled by the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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