Blind man run over at busy intersection, sustains serious injuriesMinnesota News
A 58-year-old Willmar, Minn., man, who is blind, sustained serious chest injuries after he was run over by a vehicle around 6 p.m. Monday.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A 58-year-old Willmar, Minn., man, who is blind, sustained serious chest injuries after he was run over by a vehicle around 6 p.m. Monday.
According to police reports, Thomas Dennis Sykora was walking in a crosswalk, using white cane and a guide dog while wearing a bright yellow jacket with reflective tape, when he was struck and run over by a 2002 Ford pickup driven by Gary Lee Mattson, 55, of Willmar. Mattson allegedly left the scene, but was located later by law enforcement officers.
Sykora was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and later airlifted to another hospital.
Sykora’s guide dog, Nectar, did not appear to be injured in the incident.
A witness reported seeing the vehicle stop, pull out to turn and then running over the pedestrian.
Courtesy of The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., which is owned by Forum Communications Co. along with the Pierce County Herald.