6-year-old OK after struck by truck in Asker’s parking lot

— A 6-year-old Clearwater girl suffered only minor injuries after being struck by a slow-moving pickup in a Main Street parking lot last week.

The incident was reported at 4:05 p.m. last Saturday, Nov. 2, according to Grangeville Police Chief Morgan. According to witness statements and video surveillance, Onnolee Puderbaugh ran out the front doors of Asker’s Harvest Foods, without looking either direction for traffic, and into an oncoming pickup driven by Daniel Shawley of Grangeville.

Puderbaugh suffered a bump on the head and a scratched elbow in the incident. The truck was estimated traveling at approximately 5 mph at the time, “appropriate for a parking lot,” Drew said. The girl was checked by the Syringa Ambulance crew and transported to the hospital where she was treated and released.

No citation or charges will be issued to the driver. Puderbaugh is the daughter of Gerald and Louise O’Neil, who were at the store at the time of the incident. Investigator was GPD Officer Wes Walters.

Drew said this accident serves as a good reminder when pedestrians are exiting buildings into a parking lot, “they need to stop and look both ways before they proceed.”

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