Man hit by truck in downtown in Eagle River


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Bystander Kevin Hammond, left, renders aid to an injured man who was struck by a pick-up truck in downtown Eagle River at around 1 p.m. today (Monday, June 18). Hammond said the injured man was speaking and alert after suffering a head injury in the accident. "He seems like a pretty spry old man," Hammond said.

Star photo by Matt Tunseth

A pick-up truck struck and injured a pedestrian shortly after 1 p.m. in downtown Eagle River on Monday, June 18.

According to eyewitnesses, an elderly man carrying a cane was nearly across the Old Glenn Highway when he was struck in the far right (southbound) lane near the busy 5-lane thoroughfare’s intersection with Centerfield Drive in front of Wells Fargo bank.

The man was taken to an Anchorage hospital. He was conscious and speaking as he was loaded into the ambulance with an apparent head wound.

Eagle River’s Kevin Hammond, 25, was walking to work out at the Alaska Club when he looked up to see the man hit the ground.

“I didn’t see him get hit, but I looked up right when he was going down,” Hammond said.

Hammond immediately ran across the highway to help. He said he pulled a t-shirt from his backpack and began to apply pressure to the wound.

Still sporting fresh blood on his left wrist, Hammond said the injured man appeared to be in high spirits — all things considered.

“He seems like a pretty spry old man,” Hammond said.

The driver of the gray Dodge Dakota pick-up truck that struck the man was interviewed by police at the scene and released with no citations issued. He refused an interview.

Anchorage police did not immediately have the name of the pedestrian or the driver.

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