A Columbus woman was struck by a car while walking near Smith Elementary School on the city’s northeast side.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, Alison M. Ross, 38, was attempting to cross Waycross Drive from the bus stop serving both the Fairington and Briarwood apartment complexes, said Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris.
An eastbound, silver-colored Hyundai Accent driven by 20-year-old Amber Jackson struck Ross, Harris said. Jackson, a Columbus native now living in Austin, Texas, was in town visiting relatives, Harris added.
Ross suffered head and back injuries that prompted first-responders to immediately transport her to Columbus Regional Hospital, Harris said. However, she was conscious and alert when officers and paramedics arrived, and Ross’ injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Harris added.
Jackson did not exhibit any signs of being either impaired or intoxicated, Harris said.
“We’re thinking the position of the sun in the sky could have played a role in the accident,” Harris said. “I’ve driven through there during that time of morning, and I know it’s very hard to see.”
Jackson also may have been unfamiliar with the area since she had not lived in the area for some time, Harris said.
Because the accident occurred a few blocks west of the school, police initially feared that the victim might have been a young child walking to Smith, Harris said.
For that reason, several officers, including student resource officer Julie Quesenbery, were asked to respond to the scene, Harris added.
After learning the injured pedestrian was an adult, Quesenbery immediately talked to concerned Smith administrators and teachers to assure them one of their students was not involved, Harris said.
Waycross was closed to traffic between Taylor Road and Timbercrest Drive for more than 30 minutes while investigators were at the scene.