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10:08 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after walking into busy street

PRESCOTT VALLEY - A woman was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center with life-threatening injuries early Monday after she was struck by a van on Glassford Hill Road.

At 5 a.m., Prescott Valley police and emergency medical services answered a call about a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian on Glassford Hill Road just south of Spouse Drive.

Officers learned that the 59-year-old woman had been walking northbound on the shoulder of Glassford Hill south of Spouse Drive, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

"She threw her arms up in the air, and a taxi driver stopped and asked her 'Do you need a ride?'" Bonney said. "She ignored him and wandered into the lane."

The woman was struck by a Chevy Astro van driven by a 20-year-old man, Bonney said.

"The man was trying to stop to avoid the collision and skidded," Bonney said. "The collision remains under investigation, and they're also investigating the possibility that the woman may have been impaired."

Police issued a reminder to follow all laws when walking near roadways. Pedestrians should use sidewalks whenever possible, but if there is only a shoulder and no sidewalk, walk as safe a distance away from the roadway and wear highly visible clothing, Bonney said.

There was no update on the woman's condition shortly after noon on Monday, but police expect to hear from the hospital later Tuesday, Bonney said.