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Elderly, blind woman hit by vehicle in Petaluma

A 97-year-old legally blind Petaluma woman was hit by a vehicle early Sunday as she walked in an east Petaluma crosswalk, reported police.

The sun may have hindered the driver from easily seeing Mary Friman, who was crossing East Washington Street at Ely Boulevard South, reported Petaluma Sgt. Ken Savano.

Friman suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Several people began calling 911 at 8:56 a.m. to report the elderly woman had been struck. Friman, who can see shapes, walks with a white and red walking stick alerting others of her lack of vision. She told officers she could see a shape coming toward her and assumed the vehicle would stop, Savano said.

Driver Jan Recob, 62, of Petaluma was uninjured but very upset, saying she hadn't seen the woman, Savano said.


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