It happened around 11:40 a.m. at 530 E. Main St. when Charles Trifiletti, 58, of 2101 Cherokee Road, backed up and started to drive away before realizing he had hit someone. Teresa Bowers, 61, of Erwin, was knocked to the ground and had visible injuries, including bleeding abrasions on her hands and left cheek.
Bowers was transported to an area hospital for treatment and was in stable condition, according to a police report.
Trifiletti told police that his vehicle, a Ford Fusion, is equipped with a safety feature that sounds an alert when something is behind the vehicle if it’s in reverse.
“He stated that he didn’t hear any beeping so he backed up,” Officer Eric Ferguson wrote in the crash report. “(Trifletti) stated that the bumper must have knocked (Bowers) down, but he didn’t notice anything was wrong until he was driving over her.”
Trifiletti said he did not hear any alert to make him think anyone was behind his car. Ferguson noted in the crash report that Trifiletti had to adjust his hearing aid to hear questions the officer asked and didn’t respond to questions until the officer raised his voice and in the man’s line of sight.
The police report did not indicate if any charges were filed or pending.