Pedestrian is Struck by Moving Vehicle

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In Pemiscot County, a pedestrian is hospitalized with serious injuries after she was struck by a moving vehicle.

On February 5, 2012 at approximately 12:22 a.m., William Watkins, age 34 and of Caruthersville, Missouri was operating a 2008 JGMC Sierra while traveling in the northbound direction on 16th and Carol Street in Caruthersville. Krissie Payne, age 40 and of Caruthersville, Missouri is a pedestrian whom was walking around Carol Street.

At that said time and place, William was traveling northbound along Carol Street when he was approaching 16th Street Avenue and struck the pedestrian, Krissie Payne. A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states that Krissie was attempting to stop the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Krissie Payne sustained serious injuries and was taken by medical evacuation team to Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, Tennessee where she would be treated for her critical medical conditions. William reported to be uninjured and did not seek any medical attention.

William’s 2008 JGMC Sierra received minor damages from the collision and was towed by Jerry’s Body Shop.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of trooper J. Vanmeter of troop E.

America Walks is a non-profit organization with the dedication to promote ‘Walkability’ in communities. In its mission as an advocate for the victims of traffic accidents, America Walks is to protect pedestrians in Missouri and across the United States.



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