Man taken to hospital after brush with truck

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 06:34
Pedestrian struck trying to cross Old Glenn
Good Samaritan Kevin Hammond applies pressure to a head wound suffered by Eagle River’s Ralph Shipman after Shipman was struck by a pick-up truck on Monday, June 18 on the Old Glenn Highway. Shipman was treated and released from a local hospital.

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 and Anchorage Police, Ralph Shipman, 84, was nearly across the Old Glenn Highway when he was struck in the far right (southbound) lane near the busy thoroughfare’s intersection with Centerfield Drive in front of Wells Fargo bank. Police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said Shipman was apparently grazed by the truck’s mirror before falling to the ground.

Shipman was conscious and speaking as he was loaded into the ambulance with an apparent head wound. He was taken to an Anchorage hospital and released after being treated, said his in-home caregiver, who answered the phone at Shimpan’s home on Tuesday. The caregiver said Shipman lives a short distance from the accident scene.

Eagle River’s Kevin Hammond was walking to exercise at the Alaska Club when he looked up to see the longtime area resident 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 wrist, Hammond said Shipman appeared to be in high spirits.

“He seems like a pretty spry old man,” Hammond said, noting that Shipman was alert and joking with a small group of people who stopped to help care for his injury.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Steven Markle, 55, of Willow, was interviewed by police at the scene and released with no citation issued. Markle declined to be interviewed.


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