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September 17, 2012
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Pedestrian hospitalized after being struck by car on Highway 50

A 71-year-old Ohio woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a Dodge Durango on U.S. Highway 50 on Saturday night.

About 11:47 p.m., Betty Petrick was pulling a wheeled suitcase while attempting to walk across U.S. Highway 50 outside of a crosswalk, police said. She was wearing blue jeans and a light-colored blouse. From the north side of Highway 50, Petrick walked South and West, an approximate 45-degree angle away from the area of Mc P's pub and was able to cross both westbound travel lanes.

After crossing the center turn lane, she stepped in front of a Dodge Durango driven in an eastbound lane by 42-year-old Ronald Aubry of Magalia, Calif. The impact launched Petrick 20 to 30 feet in front of the vehicle, which skidded to a stop. Petrick sustained serious injuries. Her suitcase was lodged under the vehicle.

Petrick is in the ICU unit of Renown Medical Center, where she was taken by helicopter.

The investigation reveals that the Durango was traveling at or below the posted speed limit of 35 mph in this area. Aubrey was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Petrick has been found at fault in the collision for crossing outside of a crosswalk and violating the right of way of the Dodge Durango. No citations have been issued.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call investigating officer John Spaeth at 530-542-6100 in reference to case number 1209-1562.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 17, 2012 01:17PM Published Sep 17, 2012 01:07PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.