WALLA WALLA — A woman walking on Whitman Street was seriously injured Tuesday when a motorist struck her from behind, Walla Walla police said.
It marks the second injury vehicle-pedestrian case in the city in as many days, with the first involving a tourist who died Monday after he was hit by pickup truck.
On Tuesday, Mary Morris, 68, was walking on the shoulder of Whitman near its intersection with Sturm Avenue at about 3:20 p.m. when she was struck by a 2011 Subaru Legacy driven by Chelsey Carlton, 27, police said. The impact with the passenger-side front bumper threw her onto the windshield of the car and then onto the grassy portion of the street’s shoulder.
Morris suffered head injuries, according to the police report, and was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center. She was listed in satisfactory condition this morning
On Monday, 71-year-old Dr. Horst-Peter Rothar, a German tourist, died from injuries he suffered when he was struck by 1992 Ford pickup driven by Michael Cantu, 23, at the intersection of Main and Palouse streets. Police said the angle of the sun at about 5:30 p.m. when Rothar was struck might have been a factor.
Walla Walla police spokesman Tim Bennett aid neither driver in the two collisions have been cited, but investigations are continuing.
In March the Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office declined to file charges in the death of an 81-year-old man who was struck by a truck in the intersection of Poplar Street and Seventh Avenue in October 2013.
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