Police say an officer who was responding to a drunk driving crash in the city of Auburn hit a pedestrian, who wasn’t walking in a crosswalk while attempting to cross a street on Christmas Eve.
The Auburn Police Department reports that dispatchers received reports of a driver, who had hit four vehicles, before falling out of his vehicle; and then climbing back in to drive away on Hamilton Avenue.
Witnesses said the driver was trying to leave the scene.
One of the officers responding, identified as Morgan Flickner, was traveling east on Genesee Street near Genesee Place with emergency lights activated when she attempted to avoid a group of juveniles standing in the roadway.
That’s when her cruiser struck 35-year-old Michael Moultrie, who was walking south in the roadway on Genesee Street. Police said that Moultrie was not within a designated crosswalk.
The pedestrian was struck near the middle of the road, and suffered a broken pelvis as result of the crash. He was transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.
Police say Flickner notified dispatch of the collision and began to render first aid immediately following.
Following up on that original call, Michael E. Stanton, 45, of Auburn was charged with DWI, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while using a cell phone, and driving without a seat belt.
Stanton was released to appear in January 2019 in Auburn City Court.
The Auburn Police Department told media following the incident that every pedestrian who is crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection must yield the right of way to all vehicles on the roadway.
The police department’s Accident Reconstruction Team, with assistance from the New York State Police, were conducting an ongoing investigation into the collision.