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Car leaves street, crosses business property

Car leaves street, crosses business property

Oct 11, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Officials said a medical episode initiated the one-vehicle accident that took place mid-morning Friday at U.S. Energy in Riverton.

No one was injured in the incident, which reportedly involved a child passenger.

Riverton Police Department Capt. C.T. Smith said a 39-year-old Riverton woman was driving a blue 2012 Ford Escape east on Sunset Drive when she experienced a medical episode and lost control of the vehicle at about 11:20 a.m. Friday.

"She went across the intersection at North Eighth West and across the grass ... on U.S. Energy (property)," Smith said.

The vehicle was traveling slowly, and Smith said two nearby citizens helped stop the car by pushing against it.

"(The driver's) foot wasn't on the accelerator, but the car was in gear and running," Smith explained.

When officers arrived at the scene, the woman was found to be unresponsive, and a small child was located inside of her vehicle. The car doors were locked, so officers broke a window in order to gain access to the subjects.

"They put the vehicle in park and retrieved the child, who remained with some good citizen bystanders in a warm vehicle," Smith said, estimating the baby was less than 2 years old.

A responsible party soon arrived on scene to take custody of the boy, whose mother had been driving the Escape. She was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital to be treated for her medical condition. Smith said she had regained partial consciousness before leaving the scene, and she was fully conscious when officers contacted her later at the hospital.

Smith said some damage may have been done to the grass at U.S. Energy, but the vehicle did not strike anything else on the property. The woman's vehicle did not sustain any damage, aside from the broken window.

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