Pedestrian struck by vehicle during holiday weekend in Hardy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
A snapshot of the scene Sept. 1 after a pedestrian was struck while attempting to cross the road during Labor Day Weekend .

During the last days of the Labor Day holiday weekend, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Main Street in Hardy Sept. 1.

According to a report from the Hardy Police Department, Leah M. Montoya, 37, of Alexander, was walking near the intersection of Main and Johnson Streets, carrying her infant child.

Shayna Hepler, 27, of Cherokee Village, was traveling north on Johnson Street and had come to a stop at the intersection. As Hepler began to proceed, she did not see Montoya attempting to cross and began to make her turn on to Main Street.

At this time, Hepler's vehicle struck Montoya with the right front fender of her vehicle at a “very slow speed”.

According to witnesses, “Montoya fell with her baby onto the pavement and as she was laying on the ground, the front of the vehicle bumper came over the top of Montoya’s body. The driver of the vehicle was able to get stopped just in time prior to the left front tire reaching Montoya,” the report said. “The driver was very upset and did not appear to be under the influence of any intoxicants. The driver reported she looked both ways but just did not see Montoya or her baby. There was also other family and friends with Montoya that were walking as well but were not struck.”

Both Montoya and her child were treated at the scene by paramedics from the Spring River Ambulance Service and Hardy Fire and Rescue. The child was reported to have minor cuts and Montoya was transported to the local emergency room and was later released.

“At this time no citations have been issued and the driver was released with no injuries and very minor damage to the front of her vehicle,” the report said.

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