Hospital employee hit by car in parking lot

BUCKHANNON — Luckily, the trip to obtain emergency medical care wasn’t far for an employee who was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Hospital Thursday morning.
Michael King, 38, of Buckhannon, sustained nonlife-threatening injuries after being struck by another hospital employee driving a 2007 Saturn when he was walking through the hospital’s parking lot at approximately 8:42 a.m. Thursday morning, according to investigating officer Sgt. Mark Stewart with the Buckhannon Police Department.
King has since been treated and released, according to St. Joseph’s Hospital vice president for public relations, marketing and foundation Lisa Wharton.
The woman behind the wheel, 27-year-old Katelyn Williams, of Fairmont, told Stewart the sun was in her eyes, preventing her from seeing King.
“The sun got in her eyes and she didn’t see him, and she hit him,” Stewart said. “What’s odd about it is both the victim and the driver are employees of St. Joseph’s Hospital.”
Stewart said King was taken straight into the emergency room by hospital staff.
“He was able to talk to me before he went in,” Stewart said. “He just said he was sore, and I imagine he will be.”
Williams was not cited following the accident; however, she was deemed at fault for failure to yield to a pedestrian, Stewart said.
In an unrelated incident, no one was injured in a two-vehicle wreck that happened on Route 33 West near 84 Lumber Thursday morning.
The wreck happened at 7:52 a.m., when Tyler Sutter, 25, of Buckhannon, attempted to cross Route 33 from the Old Weston Road and pulled out in front of Kevin Bailey, 47, of Buckhannon, who was traveling west on Route 33. Sutter was driving a 2005 Mercedes SUV, while Sutter was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to Stewart, the investigating officer.
Sutter was found at fault for failure to yield but was not cited, Stewart said.
In addition to the BPD, Upshur County EMS and the Buckhannon Fire Department responded to the scene.


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