STAMFORD — A city woman was struck and seriously injured while walking across Hoyt Street at the intersection of Summer Street in downtown Stamford around 12:45 p.m. Monday.
Both the pedestrian and female driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe that struck the woman were taken to Stamford Hospital.
Capt. Thomas Wuennemann said the 49-year-old woman who was crossing Hoyt Street suffered “life-threatening” injuries.
The pedestrian was found underneath the Tahoe when police arrived and rescue crews had to use a jack and wooden cribbing blocks to get her out, Wuennemann said
The black SUV was heading south on Summer Street and turning east on Hoyt Street when it hit the woman who was walking south across Hoyt Street.
At first police said the woman was in the cross walk when she was struck, but Lt. Sean Cooney said investigators still have to determine exactly where the woman was when she crossed the street. It is not clear at this time if the pedestrian was walking with the cross signal or not, Cooney said.
The pedestrian was unconscious when police and firefighters arrived. A large amount of blood could be seen under the car after the woman, who was found laying between the front and rear tires, was removed.
Eyewitness Frannie Benson said the woman was about 15-feet outside the cross walk when the accident happened.
Benson, 66,said she just left her doctor’s office moments before and was the first in line at the stop light on Hoyt Street to cross Summer Street when the accident happened.
Benson, of Bridgeport, said she saw the woman step into the street about 20 or so feet away from where Summer Street intersects Hoyt. A second after seeing the woman cross in front of her she saw the Tahoe come around the corner on a collision course.
“I said to myself, no, no, no, no, no. She wouldn’t have heard me because my window was up. The car ran right over her. The driver screamed her head off, but the lady (pedestrian) didn’t say a word,” Benson said. “It looked bad. I don’t know if the lady is going to make it or not.”
Benson said she did not know if the female pedestrian was crossing on the signal or not.
The female driver of the Tahoe was extremely upset after striking the woman and she was taken to the hospital for observation. Cooney said accident investigators will present their findings to the Stamford State’s Attorney’s office to determine if charges should be filed against the driver.
Police closed Hoyt Street next to the accident scene and restricted lanes on Summer Street to allow responding safety officers room to investigate the accident.
About an hour after the accident Maureen Namawerjee said she wasn’t sure that she can trust the walk signals that give her the right to cross the street on foot because some drivers seem to pay so little attention to them.
Namawerje, 28, said, “There have been a bunch of times when I wait for the signal and have the right to cross, but people make a left hand turn in their cars like you are not even there. And then you have to step back and go, ‘are you for real?’”
Namawerje, who works in a building on Summer Street right next to the accident site said she works with a woman who will only run across the street, even when she has the signal to cross. “She doesn’t think the people will stop for her,” Namawerje said.