A 55-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle Sunday morning on the Columbus Fall Line Trace bike trail near the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Milgen Road, according to a report from the Columbus Police Department.
The victim was transported to Columbus Midtown Medical Center with a large gash on her forehead, a bruise on her left eye socket and a possible skull fracture. She is in stable condition, Columbus Regional spokeswoman Jessica Word said Monday afternoon.
Authorities said the woman was running northwest on the Fall Line Trace as a 2012 Toyota Prius driven by a 62-year-old Columbus man was traveling southeast on the Warm Springs Road Connector.
The driver told police he was approaching Milgen Road near the pedestrian crosswalk. He said he looked both ways and didn’t see any pedestrians, so he continued to travel toward Milgen Road.
The driver said he was crossing the pathway when the woman darted out in front of him, causing the collision. The woman rolled onto his hood before falling off the vehicle and onto the asphalt, according to the motorist’s account of the incident.
Authorities said they weren’t able to interview the pedestrian on the scene, and she couldn’t recall the crash when they spoke to her at the hospital. She said she could only remember jogging before she was struck.
A male witness told police that the woman used the crosswalk but didn’t activate the crosswalk sign beforehand. He said there was a “limited sight distance” to see the woman approaching and he didn’t believe the driver would have enough time to stop for the pedestrian to cross.
Police said the crosswalk activation switch from where the pedestrian was crossing was inoperative. Officials said the woman also had ear buds in her ear when they found her injured on the scene.
Authorities determined the pedestrian was in violation of Columbus City Ordinance 4-2.2 B, which states, “Trail stops at all public streets. All trail users are required to stop at all public streets.” She was not cited, according to the report.