Elderly pedestrian struck in hit-and-run crash in Springfield

KEZI 9 News spoke with the daughter of the pedestrian who was hit in the crash. She said her mother has a broken leg and heavy bleeding on her brain.

Posted: Jan 23, 2021 8:40 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2021 12:42 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --- An elderly pedestrian is suffering from potential life threatening injuries after a hit-and-run crash Saturday evening around 5:30 p.m. 

Springfield Police got a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run crash at the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and Mississippi Avenue. 

Police told KEZI 9 News an unknown vehicle was traveling eastbound and hit an elderly pedestrian that was crossing from the north to the south across Franklin Boulevard. 

Officials said the pedestrian was transported to Sacred Heart Riverbend. 

The Springfield Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was activated and is handling the investigation. The MAIT team is currently reviewing surveillance footage from area businesses in an attempt to identify the vehicle involved.

The Springfield Police Department have not released the pedestrian's name as of 11:30 p.m. Saturday. However, KEZI 9 News spoke with Courtney Bard who said her mother, Marilyn, was the pedestrian hit in that crash. 

Courtney said her mother has a broken leg and heavy bleeding on her brain from the crash. She told KEZI that her mother is being transferred to the ICU at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. 

Courtney said the crash happened less than 100 feet from their home. She said she had no idea what happened until one of her friends went to her home and said someone was hit outside. 

"It was maybe an hour since I last saw my mom and she told me she was going to go for a walk or maybe a bus ride. But then I got this really bad feeling in my stomach, so I walked out there and waved one of the officers down. I asked if an elderly woman was involved in the incident and they said yes and identified her."

Courtney said her mother is in good spirits and will be getting surgery on her leg once the bleeding on her brain stops. Courtney set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the cost of medical bills for her mother. 

Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates. 

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