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Written by The Herald-News Friday, 16 September 2011 16:53
A Poplar educator was hit by a vehicle and seriously injured in a recent accident near Poplar High School.
Lyda Brown, 60, a Poplar Alternative Learning Center teacher’s assistant, was taken to Poplar Community Hospital via ambulance after being hit by a pickup truck at about 12:26 p.m. Sept. 1.
Poplar Police Chief Doug Marottek said Brown suffered head and upper body injuries.
Brown’s husband, Lonnie Red Dog, told The Herald-News his wife suffered a broken collar bone, a broken elbow and subdural hematoma.
“She’s OK,” Red Dog said last week. “She’s going to undergo surgery on [Sept.] 12th. They are going to put plates in her clavicle and elbow.”
Police said the accident occurred as Brown was crossing Fourth Avenue West.
Police said the pickup being driven westbound on U.S. Hwy 2 by Scott Kirn, 41, of Poplar, turned off the highway and onto Fourth Avenue West.
Kirn told police he was trying to answer a cell phone and was not paying attention while turning onto Fourth Avenue West.
“She was leaving from the Alternative Learning Center; it was noon break,” Red Dog said. “She was headed west across the crosswalk there. She was about halfway through it.”
Kirn was cited with failure to give right of way, negligent endangerment and mandatory financial responsibilities.
Red Dog said it was unknown when Brown would be able to return to work.
“I have no idea on that,” he said.