Woman hit by car flown to hospital

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comDecember 27, 2012 

— A 37-year-old woman was flown to a local hospital Thursday morning after being struck by a vehicle on West 15th Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way, according to Merced police.

The incident was reported at 6:53 a.m, according to Sgt. Jay Struble.

The driver, 42-year-old Madelyn Herrera of Merced, was traveling in a Dodge Caravan west on 15th Street toward Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Meanwhile, pedestrian Lisa Brown was crossing south on 15th Street, Struble said.

According to witnesses, Brown stepped directly in front of the van. They said the impact knocked her onto the hood of the van and against the windshield. Brown then fell to the road, Struble said.

After police arrived at the scene, Brown, who was unconscious, was taken to a nearby trauma center. Her condition is unknown.

Struble said the driver of the van was not speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Struble said officers did smell alcohol on the victim's breath, although whether she was intoxicated is a matter under investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Sgt. Struble in the traffic division at (209) 388-7733 or (209) 385-4702. Witnesses can call the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725.

People can text a tip to TIP411 (847411) using "comvip" as the first word in the message. Tips are kept confidential, and those providing tips can remain anonymous.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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