John Purcell/Recorder staff
Members of the Amsterdam Fire Department and GAVAC treat a woman Wednesday after she was reportedly struck by a motorist at the intersection of Route 30 southbound and Guy Park Avenue while crossing the street.
By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff
An Amsterdam woman was severely injured after she allegedly walked into oncoming traffic in downtown Amsterdam and was struck by a motorist, according to police.
An 80-year-old Town of Amsterdam man was visibly distraught Wednesday after he allegedly hit a 37-year-old Amsterdam woman who was crossing Route 30 southbound and Guy Park Avenue just before noon. Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory Culick said Wednesday afternoon the woman was in critical condition and he believed she was undergoing a surgical procedure.
Witnesses reportedly told police the woman was walking along Guy Park Avenue when she apparently attempted to cross the intersection with Route 30 south and was nearly struck by a tractor trailer. She allegedly continued to walk into traffic and was then struck by the Amsterdam motorist driving an SUV.
The windshield of the man’s vehicle was damaged where he had apparently struck the woman. There was some blood visible on the roadway after the woman was removed the scene and placed into an ambulance.
Culick said no tickets are planned to be issued since the driver did not appear to be at fault. The driver allegedly had a green light during the incident.
Before first responders arrived, two men were seen in the middle of the street frantically waving and screaming for drivers to move into the far left lane, according to a witness at the scene. The witness also observed a woman laying on her back in the roadway with her arms out to her side and there appeared to be blood covering her arms and shirt.
First responders initially planned to have the woman airlifted, but her condition prevented it, according to authorities. She allegedly went into cardiac arrest before she was set to be airlifted.
The woman was placed into the Amsterdam Fire Department’s ambulance and transported from the scene to St. Mary’s Hospital.
GAVAC reportedly transported the male driver for a precautionary medical evaluation at St. Mary’s Hospital. His car was towed from the scene.