Pedestrian hit by car on Main St.

Legally blind woman with dog hit by 97-year-old man while crossing street

BUCKHANNON — A legally blind Buckhannon woman walking her seeing-eye dog downtown was struck by a car Thursday afternoon.

Christina Romine, 53, of Buckhannon was on Main Street near First Community Bank attempting to cross North Kanawha Street with her service dog, Randy, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Lt. Doug Loudin with the Buckhannon Police Department, the investigating officer.

Romine was “bumped” by a vehicle driven by Willis Craven, 97, of Tallmansville, who was crossing  Main Street from North Kanawha Street to South Kanawha Street, Loudin said.

“Basically, she was trying to direct the dog to take her across the street, and there was a car crossing Main Street from North Kanawha Street to South Kanawha Street, and I guess they just bumped,” Loudin said.

“The dog tried to pull her back from the car, but there wasn’t enough time and the car struck her,” Loudin added.

Romine wasn’t “visibly” injured, Loudin said, but was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur County EMS to be checked out. Craven, the driver, and Romine’s dog were not injured.

Although Craven wasn’t cited, he was responsible for the accident, according to Loudin.

Romine is employed as a custodian at Stockert Youth Center, Debora Brockleman, executive director of SYC, told The Record Delta Thursday following the accident.

“She’s so self-sufficient,” Brockleman said. “She’s our custodian and she just does a great job. It’s amazing what she can do.”

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