Teen driver hits man sitting at Phoenix bus stopPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A Valley man is lucky to be alive after a driver apparently lost control of her car and plowed into a bus stop where he was waiting Thursday morning.
It happened at shortly before 6 a.m. at Seventh Street and Dunlap Avenue. Three streets meet at that intersection -- Seventh Street, Cave Creek Road and Dunlap Avenue.
According to Phoenix police, the car was heading south on Seventh Street when the driver, a 17-year-old girl, failed to negotiate the turn onto northbound Cave Creek Road.
The car jumped the curb and slammed into the bus stop, shoving the shelter down the sidewalk before coming to a stop. Aerial video from the scene showed the car under the shelter about 20 feet away from the bus stop's bench. The damage to the bus-stop area was extensive.
A 33-year-old man who was waiting at the bus stop saw the out-of-control car coming at him and tried to get out of the way. The two-door Honda Civic hit him as he moved.
The man suffered a head injury but was awake and talking when he was taken to the hospital. According to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department, the man's injuries were not life-threatening; he is expected to recover.
A second person also was waiting at the bus stop but managed to get out of the car's path.
"All things considered, a real tragedy was avoid with this one," Holmes said in an email to local news outlets.
According to Holmes, there were no signs of impairment on the part of the teen driver. It's not clear, however, if distraction might have been an issue. Officers cited her for speeding and failing to control her vehicle.
Police have not released any other details about either the driver or the victim.