A local woman was struck from behind by a Dodge pickup truck on Saturday while participating in a road block to help raise money for the Lafayette Little League. Mrs. Joni Meador, teacher at LES and one of Little League Coaches, was standing at the intersection of Hwy 52 and Ellington Drive when the incident occurred at about 11:15 a.m.
Christina Davenports stated, “The truck was in front of Walgreens turning into the Tractor Supply area and Joni had her back to him because we were taking up money from the traffic that was coming out of Tractor Supply, and he just hit her. She didn’t see or know what was coming. After he hit her, he immediately stopped and was very apologetic and said he just didn’t see her that he was focusing on the traffic coming from the Hearthstone Inn direction.”
The LPD reported that Aaron Shipley, age 22, was the driver of the vehicle that struck Mrs. Meador. Shipley was turning left to go into TSC parking and there was another vehicle going east; he had to swerve to avoid hitting that vehicle. Shipley stated that he was watching the vehicle and did not see the woman standing there.
Meador was transported from the scene to Sumner Regional Medical Center.
Davenport commented, “The impact knocked her shoe off, her sunglasses and money bucket flew, and we just kind of kept her still until the ambulance got there. She had surgery yesterday. She has a torn MCL and PCL, [two of the four main ligaments of the knee], a torn meniscus, and a broken bone. It’s the bone right below left knee and was broken vertically.
“She had one surgery Sunday and the doctors think they’ll have to go back in and do a second surgery to repair the MCL and PCL. The doctors also told her she was to stay off her leg for two months. She is still in Sumner Regional Medical Center.
“The truck hit her and I caught her and we both went to the ground but when I realized I just had a few scratches and bruises, we focused on Joni cause she was in pretty bad pain with her leg.
“She went through surgery well, but she is still in pain from the surgery. They are not going to release her to go home until her pain can be managed at home. She is hopeful that maybe this afternoon [Monday] the doctor will release her.”