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Pedestrian, 71, hit on The Strip
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A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Monday at noon in front of Regions Bank. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The need to make a bank transaction nearly cost a pedestrian her life on Monday.

According to McMinnville Police Department Lt. Ben Cantrell, McMinnville resident Lilia Leon, 71, was attempting to walk from her Greggview Street home to Regions Bank, located on New Smithville Highway, and back again when she walked into oncoming traffic. 

“If she had been a few seconds faster or slower in her walking speed, it would have changed the outcome of this situation drastically,” said Cantrell. “Slower and it might not have happened at all. Faster and … let’s just say we’d still be out there working the accident. She was lucky. She suffered only minor injuries.”

Leon completed her transaction and was attempting to cross New Smithville Highway and inadvertently walked into a red Chevy Avalanche driven by Patricia Cagle, 78. Cagle was traveling inbound in the inner lane next to the shared turning lane.

“Lilia said she didn’t see the vehicle coming,” said Cantrell. “The vehicle’s passenger-side mirror clipped her. She fell onto the roadway.”

Passing motorists used their vehicles to divert traffic and protect the pedestrian until emergency responders arrived. She was transported to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital for treatment of injuries described as non life-threatening.

Also working the crash was McMinnville Police patrolman Grant Mullican.