Woman struck by truck in serious condition

Union Democrat staff

A 19-year-old woman was struck by a pickup in front of Sonora High School about 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The woman, identified by witnesses as Ashlee Ann Chatfield, of Mokelumne Hill, was struck by a Ford F-150 FX4 off-road truck as she crossed Washington Street near the intersection of School Street. Witnesses said traffic stopped in both directions on Washington Street to allow Chatfield to cross when the truck turned onto the road from School Street.

The victim's friend, Sharee Lyn Hoffmann-Hermann, 20, said the truck was being driven by an unidentified female, and that the driver thought traffic was stopped to allow her to enter the roadway, apparently not seeing Chatfield in the crosswalk.

Chatfield was taken by ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center then transported by helicopter to Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto with unknown injuries. A hospital spokesperson this morning said she was in serious condition, meaning her vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits.

Several witnesses saw the woman lying unresponsive in the roadway.

"We heard the screams and we came over," said Jessica Barnett, 17 of Sonora. "Her friend was screaming and yelling at the driver."

Traffic along Washington Street was snarled for several blocks in each direction as police and fire crews secured the area.

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