A pedestrian was hurt late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, upon being struck by a vehicle in the Kroger parking lot, Athens Police Capt. Ralph Harvey confirmed in an email early last Thursday afternoon. Monday afternoon, five days after the accident, the APD said the accident remained under investigation, with no further "releasable" information.
**This story was updated at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2.**
Harvey said in his email last Thursday that the driver of the vehicle "is known and cooperating with our investigation, which is ongoing." No charges had been filed as of Harvey's email. The police captain said he doesn't expect any further details to be released until the official report is completed, which he said at the time wouldn't happen at least till Monday, Dec. 2.
The NEWS did obtain the name of the victim but will not identify her until she's named in an official release. Asked about that individual Monday morning, a spokesperson at Grant Medical Center in Columbus said she was still listed as a patient there. She would not provide the woman's condition.
While Harvey said in his email that Athens County EMS transported the victim to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, he had no further information on whether the person was transported elsewhere after that. His email did not provide a name, gender or other identification for the victim, the extent of the injuries, or any details about what happened.
A Kroger employee who asked not to be identified said people aware of the details had reported that the victim was a woman who was struck as a pickup truck was backing out of a parking spot. Those sources described the injuries as serious. Those details could not be confirmed.
A spokesperson for Kroger declined to comment while an investigation is pending.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year at the Athens Kroger, so the parking lot likely was crowded and busy.