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Car wreck results in injuries
Feb 28, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
A two-vehicle crash in Riverton resulted in one woman being taken to the hospital with a bruised lung and a child suffering a broken collarbone.
Riverton Police Department patrol officer Victor Matoon said his agency responded to the crash at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the 1700 block of North Federal Boulevard in front of Walmart.
Matoon said Jonathan Sweaney, 24, of Riverton, was leaving the north entrance of the Walmart parking lot in a two-door 2005 yellow Chevy Cobalt when he was struck by a 2004 black Dodge pickup truck southbound on North Federal Boulevard.
"He was trying to cross North Federal to go to Kmart," Matoon said.
The driver of the pickup truck -- a 16-year-old Riverton boy -- had just left the Burger King parking lot. Matoon said the teen told police he saw the yellow car and tried to veer right but "center punched" the passenger's door.
Sweaney's girlfriend -- Sasha Zwetzig, 22, of Riverton -- was in the passenger seat, and three young children were in the back seat.
"The girlfriend was injured in the crash. We had to call the fire department to extricate her," Matoon said. "She had a bruised left lung, a cut on her head and glass in her hair."
The injuries were not life-threatening, Matoon said.
Zwetzig was transported by ambulance to Riverton Memorial Hospital. Matoon said the child sitting directly behind the passenger seat, as well as the driver of the pickup truck, were taken to the hospital by private vehicles for treatment.
The child had a broken collarbone, and the teen driver suffered a minor head injury.
Matoon said all individuals involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and alcohol and drugs are not suspected.
Officers remained on scene for about an hour to investigate the wreck.
A failure to yield citation was issued to Sweaney, but Matoon said other citations could be issued pending a complete investigation.