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Crash with pedestrian in Salem not hit-skip

SALEM – Police issued no citation after learning a vehicle vs. pedestrian private property accident in the Giant Eagle parking lot Friday wasn’t a hit and run after all.

In fact, the 79-year-old female driver of Salem didn’t even realize she had struck anything and there was no damage to her vehicle to indicate being involved. She pulled up to a recycle bin and when she exited her vehicle, saw the other woman on the ground and responded with others in an effort to assist.

The police report said she never left the scene and even spoke to the officer investigating the accident, who suspected the vehicle may be involved, but she said she hadn’t struck anything and there was no apparent damage to the front of her vehicle.

An 86-year-old woman from Salem had been walking to the east side entrance of the store at 2401 E. State St., in the crosswalk area, and was almost to the doors when struck. Police were called to the scene at 11:21 a.m. and thought the vehicle may have left.

In a story published in the Salem News weekend edition on Saturday, police asked anyone with information who may have seen the accident to call. An eyewitness who saw the story called police Saturday, providing a written statement and positively identifying the vehicle based on description and direction of travel. When combined with the surveillance footage available, an accurate account of the accident was provided.

According to the eyewitness, the driver of the eastbound vehicle did not appear aware of striking the pedestrian, who was struck with the front of the vehicle and knocked to the ground.

The pedestrian was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in downtown Youngstown after suffering what police described as serious injuries.

The driver responded to the police station and provided her insurance information. Since the accident occurred on private property and she never left the scene, no citation is being issued.

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