A longtime Lathrup Village resident is recovering in the hospital after being struck by a mail truck the evening of Nov. 19, according to Lathrup Village Police Chief William Armstrong.
“A pedestrian was walking out to collect her mail and stepped into the street, and the postal driver did not see her and struck her at what appears to be a low rate of speed,” Armstrong said about the 71-year-old woman. “Right now, the incident is under investigation.”
According to the report, the incident happened around 5:20 p.m. outside the woman’s residence near Santa Ann and Meadowbrook streets, and the woman was rushed to a hospital.
Armstrong said at press time that she was still in the hospital, in stable condition, and had told officers who interviewed her in her hospital room that she has a broken hip and leg.
Ed Moore, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, released a statement, noting that it will also be investigating the matter.
“We’re very sorry and concerned regarding the unfortunate incident that has taken place on Tuesday afternoon,” he said. “Our thoughts are with the customer and her family. This incident is currently under investigation. The Postal Service takes the safety of its customers and employees very seriously.”
In regard to whether the mail carrier is back on duty or will face any sort of suspension, Moore said the Postal Service does not discuss personnel actions publicly.
Armstrong said the woman also told police she believed the driver of the truck saw her, despite it being dark. He cautions all residents to be alert and not assume a driver can see you in the roadway. He also warns people walking dogs to do so on the sidewalk and anyone exercising or taking a walk to use reflective material or carry a flashlight.
As the woman is on her way to recovering, Armstrong noted that she has another thing to be thankful for.
“There’s actually a twist to the story: During the incident, a diamond was dislodged from the setting of her wedding ring from her husband that passed away 30 years ago,” he explained. “Our officers searched the area and found her diamond for her.”
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