WHEELING - Wheeling police believe a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on Chapline Street Friday night may have been drinking and using her cell phone before she stepped into traffic.
Deputy Chief Martin Kimball said the accident still is under investigation, but medics at the scene said they smelled alcohol on the pedestrian, a 47-year-old woman from Wheeling.
"But we're not 100 percent sure on that," Kimball added.
Officers also found the pedestrian's cell phone on the vehicle's hood and it appeared a call had been made just before or during the time she was struck. The accident occurred near the Booker T. Washington apartments, 1030 Chapline St.
"Officers did not suspect the driver of being under the influence of anything," Kimball said, noting the driver did not flee the scene of the accident. "It was an unfortunate accident."
A relative of the pedestrian said Saturday the woman had to be transported to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment, that she ended up having severe internal injuries including head trauma, a collapsed lung and more.
"You can get serious, serious injuries even in a 15 mph crash," Kimball noted.