BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Saturday, a driver accidentally struck one shopper in an open parking lot at the Beavercreek Walmart.
Officials said a woman in her young 20s was seriously injured at the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard.
She was transported to Miami Valley, after sustaining serious injuries from a white Mercedes
that struck her and pinned her down.
“She was pinned under the car but they were able to free her rather quickly. She was talking to them as she was getting them out,” said Beavercreek Auxiliary Fire Battalion Chief Byron Getsinger.
Officials said witnesses said the female driver came around the corner striking the woman first before slamming into other objects, including a yellow Monte Carlo.
A red Trailblazer and nearby cars also suffered some damage.
One witness told 2NEWS he had just finished shopping inside with his wife when he walked out to watch the accident unfold.
“I think it was all because the white car came around the corner at a high rate of speed and just led to a chain of events. Hitting the lady then hitting the car– then the yellow car hitting the other car and it just keep unfolding you know,” said Joseph Jacobs, a witness.
The chain reaction from the incident did send one other person to the hospital and some others involved in the aftershock from the accident also were seen by the EMS on scene.
Jacobs did not suffer any injuries, although his recently purchased car was stuck in its spot because of surrounding glass beneath the car.
After having seen everything unfold, he believes the victim has a long road ahead, “Bad, bad, in fact, the fireman told us he hopes she makes it. So she looked pretty bad.”
Crash investigators will be determining how fast the car was going and if a vehicle malfunction may have been in play here.
Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol was a factor in the incident, but they will investigate all the evidence to learn what caused this driver to lose control.