The Richmond Register

October 29, 2013

RPD: Driver’s inattention led to pedestrian being hit

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Inattention was a factor in the traffic accident last week in downtown Richmond that left a pedestrian with a serious skull fracture, according to a report released Tuesday by the Richmond Police Department.

Ellen Spurlock, 42, of Richmond, was struck by an SUV at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 while crossing West Main Street at South Second Street, according to a report that was written by RPD Officer Paul Hogan.

She was taken directly to the University of Kentucky Medical Center by ambulance, and her husband told police she had sustained a concussion, bleeding on the brain and a skull fracture.

In response to an inquiry about her condition Tuesday, a representative with the University of Kentucky Medical Center said Spurlock had been discharged from the hospital. A call to her employer, the downtown law firm of Sword, Floyd & Moody, was not returned Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the truck, Michael Hall, 49, of Waco, was not charged with any offense although his inattention was listed as a factor in causing the accident, according to the report.

Hall “did  not appear to be under the influence of any intoxicants at the time of the collision,” Hogan wrote.

Hall was driving a 1997 Toyota 4Runner, which was hauling a trailer, and he told police he was traveling south on North Second Street when he made a left turn onto West Main Street. He added that he did have a green light.

However, Hall also told police that while making his left-hand turn, he had looked out his driver’s side window to make sure his trailer did not clip a vehicle on West Main Street that was stopped at the red light.

Hall said he saw movement out of his peripheral vision and attempted to maneuver his truck to the left side of West Main Street, which is when he struck Spurlock with the front passenger side of his vehicle.

Several witnesses confirmed that Spurlock was in the crosswalk when she was struck, the report stated, and when Hogan arrived he found her about 24 feet from the crosswalk area. The officer, who rendered first aid until the EMS arrived, said Spurlock was laying facedown in the roadway and was unresponsive.

A witness on foot, Jenny Haymond, confirmed that Hall had a green light, and also that Spurlock had the white walking symbol on the crosswalk light, the report stated. She said Spurlock was about 8 to 10 feet into the road walking north when she was struck.

Another witness, Katheryne Johnson, who was stopped in her vehicle at a red light when the accident occurred, said Spurlock appeared to be preoccupied looking at either her phone or papers while she crossed the road.

Hogan’s report stated that the investigation into the accident was complete.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.