BUCKHANNON – Two pedestrians were hit by vehicles in the same Island Avenue parking lot Monday, sending one woman to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with serious injuries to her right leg.
According to investigating officer Angel McCauley with the Buckhannon Police Department, the first accident happened at 10:15 a.m. Monday in Cook’s Tobacco & More parking lot when Mike Frederick III, 57, of Buckhannon, accidentally backed up and struck a woman who had been crossing behind his 2017 Ford F-350.
The pedestrian, Brenda McCullough, 71, of Buckhannon, was pushing her dog in a stroller at the time of the wreck. McCullough suffered serious injuries to her right leg, McCauley said, and was flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment.
McCauley said McCullough was conscious and able to communicate. The dog’s stroller tipped on its side, but the animal wasn’t injured, she said.
Frederick, the driver, wasn’t cited, and McCauley said McCullough was possibly in his blind spot at the time the wreck occurred.
“His statement says that he saw her with a stroller and thought she went the other way,” McCauley said. “She might have been in his blind spot. It was an accident. The dog tipped on its side but was still in the stroller.”
The second accident involving a pedestrian – also in Cook’s parking lot – happened about an hour and a half later when a female driver, Anita Campbell, 64, of Buckhannon was backing out of the parking lot and struck a male pedestrian – Gregory Allen Winters, 57, of Buckhannon, according to investigating officer Lt. Doug Loudin.
Loudin said Winters declined Upshur EMS transport to the hospital and was treated at the scene.
“No one was cited,” Loudin said. “It was an accident, too.”