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Pedestrian injured when struck by vehicle in Elizabethton

September 22nd, 2011 10:05 pm by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — A pedestrian crossing busy Broad Street was struck and injured by a 2006 Saturn Ion around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The Elizabethton Police Department reported that Lynn Lavel Workman, 47, 304 E. Cottage Ave., suffered multiple injuries and was in stable condition at Johnson City Medical Center following the accident.
Officer Ryan Brackett said the driver of the Ion left the scene but returned while officers were still gathering evidence at the scene. The driver was identified as Tiffany Ann Shelton, 20, 116 Green Valley Lane. Officers said Shelton told them she did not stop after the accident because she was frightened.
There were three passengers in Shelton’s vehicle. Shelton and all the passengers were interviewed by police and later released. Charges are pending.
Capt. Art Smithdeal was the first officer on the scene after the accident. He made contact with Workman and based on the injuries he had suffered and due to the fact the vehicle had left the scene at the time of his arrival, Smithdeal had the Elizabethton Police Department’s Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team dispatched to the scene. The team’s investigation was led by Officer Doug Combs.
Brackett reported that through the course of the investigation officers determined that Workman was crossing from the north side of Broad Street to the south side of the street and he was not crossing at a crosswalk.
Witnesses told police that before the accident Workman had almost been hit in the first eastbound lane by a van. The van had to swerve to avoid striking Workman, the witnesses said. Workman continued crossing the street and was struck in the second eastbound lane by Shelton’s vehicle.

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