May 20, 2011 BY Christian Murray
An alleged drunk driver plowed into a pedestrian at a cross walk between 61st and Roosevelt Ave. at about 8:30 am this morning. One witness said the pedestrian was a woman who was gravely injured.
The woman was hit by a 50-year-old man who was driving a SUV while allegedly being intoxicated. The woman was thrown some distance upon impact, and her shoes and socks were strewn all over the road.
The driver of the vehicle has been arrested.
The SUV was traveling west toward Sunnyside, while the woman was crossing the street from the north side of Roosevelt Ave. to the south side.
The witness said that the woman had the walk sign and was entitled to cross, and believed that the driver was going faster than the 30 MPH speed limit.
It took a few minutes before fire and rescue got to the crowded Woodside scene. The witness said he couldn’t really look at the woman because it was too horrific. He said people had started to give her CPR before EMS arrived.
When the police arrived, the driver tried to claim he wasn’t speeding and that he had the light. Over the next 45 minutes the highway squad showed up to investigate. The police then arrested him.