A black Volkswagen struck a family crossing Highway 101 shortly after noon Sunday, sending multiple people to the hospital.
According to a family member, they crossed Highway 101 at NE 11th Street from west to east as a group holding hands, when the accident happened.
“I think this was a case of the guy in the van couldn’t see us around the stopped car,” the family member said. “He was just trying to drive through the intersection.”
The family is visiting Lincoln City from Vancouver, Wash., and Salt Lake City, Utah.
One of the victims, a 31-year-old male said his right foot was run over and he suffered broken toes. He said he’s in a boot and crutches, hoping it heals properly.
A 31-year-old female was also struck and she was sent to a Portland hospital for surgery on a shattered leg and possible internal bleeding.
Also stuck was a 9-year-old girl who suffered minor injuries.
Northbound Highway 101 traffic was backed up as far as Taft while rescuers attended to injured parties and cleared the scene.
The 23-year-old suspect was cited for careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The accident comes just days after the Lincoln City Police Department announced plans to use grant funds to educate drivers about pedestrian safety with an enforcement operation focusing on situations like today’s mishap.