Man hit in parking lot in critical condition

72-year-old Juneau resident struck by slow-moving Jeep

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006

A 72-year-old Juneau was flown to an Anchorage hospital in critical condition Sunday after he was hit by a side-view mirror of a slow-moving Jeep in the Nugget Mall parking lot Saturday morning.

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Frank Samuel Dick was flown to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, according to his son, Albert Dick of Juneau.

A 22-year-old woman was driving the Jeep at a low rate of speed shortly before 10 a.m., police said. She was turning into the Java Jazz coffee stand when the mirror hit the pedestrian.

Police Sgt. Steve Christensen said that at first the injury didn't appear life-threatening.

"It might have looked minor at the time, but when he got to (Bartlett Regional Hospital), it was only a few minutes before they flew him to Anchorage," Albert Dick said.

Frank Dick fell to the pavement and cracked his skull, his son explained, relating what he later learned about the accident. There was bleeding on the brain, and doctors had to drill a hole to relieve the pressure and induce a coma.

The vehicle sustained minor damage, and the driver was not injured. Capital City Fire and Rescue took Frank Dick to the hospital, according to the report.

Christensen said the driver, who was not identified, was not issued a citation at the scene.

Frank Dick, who worked in commercial fishing and construction before his retirement, lived for 15 years in Anchorage before returning to Juneau and buying a trailer last October.

"He just moved down here, and now this," his son said. He said his father raised him in Juneau and lived in the capital for many years.

Albert Dick said his father liked to go to Nugget Mall to walk.

He said the family is concerned about his strength because he has previously gone through two open-heart surgeries.

People interested in showing support to the family can contact Albert Dick, 5875 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.



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