Collision sends pickup into pair on sidewalk

A Grand Junction man was charged Wednesday evening in an accident that led to another vehicle injuring a woman and her infant grandchild on a sidewalk, authorities said.

David J. Russell, 20, was arrested on suspicion of careless driving causing bodily injury after the Pontiac Grand Am he was driving clipped a pickup, sending the truck into the woman and the baby she was carrying, Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman
Kate Porras said. The grandmother and infant were knocked over a chain-link fence.

Their names and ages were not released by police. They were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with undisclosed injuries, Porras said.

Russell also was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear in court on a marijuana charge. He failed to provide proof of insurance, Porras said. Drugs or alcohol are not considered factors in Wednesday’s accident, she added.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Russell was headed south on 13th Street when he stopped at the intersection with Orchard Avenue, then failed to yield to a Toyota pickup heading west on Orchard, Porras said.

Russell was alone in the Grand Am, which clipped the rear passenger-side tire of the truck, flattening the tire and sending the truck onto sidewalk along the north side of Orchard Avenue and into the woman and baby.

The woman was walking west on Orchard Avenue, carrying the child in a carrier on the front of her body, when she heard the collision and turned to face the truck as she was hit, Porras said.

The driver of the truck, who was not identified, will not face charges, Porras said.


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