Harvest Foods regular hospitalized after being struck by vehicle

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WALLA WALLA - In a pedestrian versus vehicle accident at 7:02 a.m. today, a man known to many Walla Walla grocery shoppers was injured on Second Avenue, police said.

Stanley — no one knows or seems willing to release his last name — is a landmark at Harvest Foods on Second Avenue, employees there said this afternoon.

Stanley was admitted to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, and has been moved from the emergency department to another room, officials said.

Known for his love of people and his care toward Harvest Foods employees and customers, Stanley comes to the store "at least twice a day. He is our unofficial Walmart greeter," said store owner Nolan Lockwood.

Stanley lives near the store in a group home and makes his rounds through the departments, checking in on employees. Afterward he mans the bench inside the entrance to greet customers as regular as clockwork before today, Lockwood added. "People have been asking about him."

Although Stanley lives with a cognitive disability, he shows no sign of discontent, the store owner said. "He never complains. He takes instruction well ... he is very positive."

No further details are known at this time.

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