Truck accident kills 77-year-old

Woman hit while crossing Glacier Highway Saturday night

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2002

Police are investigating a weekend traffic accident that killed a pedestrian on Glacier Highway.

Sophia Harris, 77, was struck and killed by a 2001 three-quarter-ton pickup truck around 8:30 p.m. Saturday as she crossed Glacier Highway near Switzer Village, according to a police press release.

Capt. Beth Weldon with Capital City Fire and Rescue said Harris was suffering from head and other injuries and was unconscious when paramedics arrived on the scene. Weldon said the impact threw Harris a considerable distance from the vehicle.

Harris was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where she later died from her injuries, police said. Hospital spokeswoman Marijo Toner said Harris sustained multiple fractures, a closed-head injury and deep bruising to the lungs.

"I did not get a cause of death," Toner said. "But she had multiple trauma which means she had more injuries than her body could sustain."

Police are not releasing the name of the 22-year-old woman whose truck struck Harris. Sgt. John Boltjes also declined to comment on the details of the accident because charges may be pending against the driver.

"It's nearly impossible to speculate what if any the charges might be," said Boltjes today. "But at the high end she could face negligent homicide and at the low end no charges at all."

Negligent homicide carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Boltjes said police will work with the district attorney's office to determine the charges, if any, brought against the driver.

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