Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Accident

Fort Atkinson resident injured while crossing Main Street

A Fort Atkinson woman sustained minor injuries Wednesday after being hit by a car at the Cottage and Main streets intersection.Laura Rogers, 28, was crossing Main Street at a pedestrian walkway about 9:45 p.m. when she was struck by car turning west from Cottage onto Main Street, according to a witness. She reportedly flew about 10 feet in the air. Rogers was transported to Fort Atkinson Hospital for contusions on her knee and face.Junior Katka Showers-Curtis said she was crossing the street with Rogers at the time of the accident. They had pushed the pedestrian light before crossing."It was terrifying," she said. "I had no idea what was happening. I looked at the car and thought it was going to stop and then I realized it didn't. I never expected that to happen."Showers-Curtis said an off-duty police officer was driving toward downtown from Main Street when the accident occurred and stopped to aid Rogers."He got us to the side of the road," she said. "He called the police. He called the ambulance. Everything happened really fast."Rogers is active on campus and is a member of PEACE.UW-Whitewater graduate Mike Chaloupka was struck by a car Aug. 26, 2008 while crossing at Whiton and Main streets, about a block from Cottage Street.Chaloupka, who was in a wheelchair, suffered from 12 broken bones and collapsed lungs. He died about a week later as a result of the injuries. Whitewater Common Council voted in late 2008, as a result of Chaloupka's death, to install traffic lights at the Main and Whiton streets intersection in spring 2010.

I am sure glad she will be ok.

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