Posted at: 08/13/2013 3:10 PM
| Updated at: 08/14/2013 3:47 PM
By: WNYT Staff
Kathy Cornett's left elbow is badly bruised, discolored, and swollen following a car-pedestrian accident on Hoosick Street Tuesday morning that she says should never have happened.
“I had the right of way to walk as I was walking, got half way across the street, a white SUV Durango-type of vehicle turned out of the Massry Center and just hit me, rolled me over and disappeared,” says Cornett.
The driver, she says, never stopped. Other motorists ran to her, watched over her, and stayed until the ambulance got there. Police contacted her husband, Jim Lindvoe.
"Thank God the injuries were minimal however, it could have been catastrophic,” he says.
Catastrophe averted is probably be due to the low velocity of the car, just making a turn from the Massry Center parking lot, east onto Hoosick Street, which is where Kathy needs to return for medical treatment twice a month.
"I'm afraid of crossing any street now because when you have the right of way to walk, other cars that can turn at the same time don't look out for pedestrians,” she says.
Cornett is at least the fourth pedestrian to be struck by a car while crossing Hoosick Street in the last year. She also happens to be the second member of her household to be struck by a hit-and-run driver in the last two years.
I just had seven surgeries in the last four months,” said her husband, Jim, who is a former U.S. Marine, with overseas tours in jungles and deserts that led two purple hearts. His most serious injuries were inflicted by a hit-and-run driver at an Albany street corner.
"It's just killing me to see any one of us have any more traumatic experiences,” he said.
Jim and Kathy would both like to see more of a focus on traffic safety along Hoosick Street, including more police patrols. They'd also hoping for more humanistic behavior.
Listen, if I stop and hit a dog, a critter, I'm going to stop,” says Jim.
“People have to be held accountable for hitting other people and talking off,” says Kathy.
As of Tuesday night, Troy Police had not reported any arrests in the case.