UNADILLA – A 69-year-old Unadilla woman was critically injured Saturday when she was struck by a Jeep that drifted into the shoulder where she was walking, Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported.
Susan Haney was walking southbound on the east shoulder of County Route 4 when she was allegedly struck by a 2007 Jeep Patriot driven by Nicole L. Wilber, 34, Unadilla, who was driving north. According to police, the passenger-side headlight and mirror struck Haney, who was then thrown several feet onto the shoulder.
Wilber called 911, and Unadilla Fire, EMS and Wells Bridge Fire Department responded. Haney was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where she underwent emergency surgery for head trauma, internal bleeding and injuries to her leg.
Her condition was listed as critical, but stable. Witnesses reported that she was known to walk that route frequently.
Wilber was found to not have been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, and she was ticketed for failure to use due care for a pedestrian, failing to move lanes safely and reckless driving.
The investigation is ongoing.