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Spencer woman struck by car

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Karen Buchholz, 67, of Spencer, sustained non-incapacitating injuries while crossing Grand Avenue at 5:28 p.m. Thursday.

Darrell McGranahan, 85, of Ruthven, told Spencer Police he left the stop sign at West Ninth Street, at the intersection with Grand Avenue, and was proceeding to turn left onto Grand Avenue. As he crossed the median, and began to travel north, he struck Buchholz as she was crossing the roadway.

McGranahan said he didn't see Buchholz until after he struck her with his 2011 Dodge Journey.

Buchholz's husband explained the couple had been crossing Grand from East Ninth Street and were just about to the median at the time of the accident.

Buchholz reportedly complained of pain in her right wrist.

McGranahan was cited for failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian.

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It's hard to see pedestrians & bikers in the dark over 4 lanes of traffic. It's too bad he was cited, as I think pedestrians should be required to take the designated crosswalks, especially in the dark. I'm not saying it's ok to hit people, just that I don't think he was completely at fault, more like a complete accident.

-- Posted by Vanessa on Sat, Nov 10, 2012, at 8:57 AM

Vanessa-well said! It is to bad he was cited when he probably couldn't see them because of the dark; I kinda wonder why they didn't see a car coming at them??

-- Posted by uslucky2 on Sat, Nov 10, 2012, at 10:53 AM

It was the grass and monuments.......

-- Posted by Cookster on Sat, Nov 10, 2012, at 4:51 PM

Cookster you said it!!

-- Posted by Amish4life on Sat, Nov 10, 2012, at 9:37 PM

Actually that corner is very well lit, thanks to the new lights in all the medians! Maybe someone that is 85 yrs. of age should have his night time eyesight checked? She was in the median... right under the light.... and since the sidewalk does go out that way it IS a legal crosswalk.

-- Posted by Jizzy on Mon, Nov 12, 2012, at 6:48 PM

Yeah maybe she should have dodged the car coming at her at who knows what speed. A 67 year old woman should have the agility and speed to avoid an oncoming car.......My guess is that she did see the car coming at her, but may not have had time or been able to avoid the car. It shouldn't be the pedestrians duty to avoid a car coming when pedestrians always have the right of way. Hopefully she can recover quickly.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 10:38 AM

Well said Iowafan11 & Jizzy. I was going to write just that after reading the the previus comments. Why would anyone think it's a 70 year old ladies fault for getting hit in a legal crosswalk simply because she could not get out of the way? Or why would anyone recommend a 70 year old lady to walk 200 yards out of her way because the "legal" crosswalk isn't marked? Going to have forward these comments around the office a bit for everyone to get a chuckle out of. Here's your sign...

-- Posted by Chris-1 on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 11:13 AM

So lets just say that when your driving on grand heading north and there is no stop signal for you and a pedestrian just walks out from the stop sign on the sidewalk in front of you, you are supposed to do what? Im not saying that happened in this situation but everyone just wants to sound like just because the driver was older he automatically was in the wrong. Not all drivers are at fault in situations like this. I however wasn't there, and to my knowledge neither was most of the people commenting on here so we don't know exactly how it all played out. Everyone just wants to go off their own assumptions and go with it as if its a fact.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 3:27 PM


Do you read these articles, or just comment at random. The paper gave a very detailed description of what happened. The gentleman left a stop sign and turned into the woman.

Talk about going off of assumptions...your name is under every story online! Either you're everywhere at once and witness everything, or you speak from your rear as much as everyone else you conveniently chastise. What's the old saying..."People in glass houses..." you get the point.

Remember, every time you point your finger, 3 fingers are pointing back at you.

-- Posted by old timing man on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 9:26 AM

AshlyMeyer- You don't want people to assume what was written is fact, but you want to throw out a hypothetical situation to prove a point? My guess is that if what was reported actually didn't happen that way, Karen would be cited for filing a false statement and will be arrested or a fine/ticket. Not exactly sure what the punishment is for that. This was an ACCIDENT, nothing more. Not a serious crime. Unfortunately under the law, pedestrians always have the right away even under your hypothetical situation.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 9:47 AM

AshleyMeyey - a pedestrian walks out in front of you and you do what?


-- Posted by PleaseThink on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 2:22 PM

PleaseThink- I'm on grand/ which is hwy 71. I have no stop signs, My going 25-35 depending on the block of grand, someone steps out, will there be enough time to stop? will the cars behind me be prepared for an immediate stop? if not, I stop for a pedestrian, they rear end me, who is at fault? I'm not stupid obviously you stop when you are able to, when you see them, when you are at a stop sign and they are crossing on the crosswalk in front of you, etc. I'm just saying there are also other situations that not everyone is keeping in mind. Sometimes situations arise that pedestrians shouldn't be walking out in front of vehicle. As I stated above, I'm not saying that is what happened in this case. But I also stated neither you or I were there and don't 100% know the specifics of the case. Everyone always wants to assume one person is guilty without even trying to consider all sides of the situation. I passed this situation what must have been not very long after it happened as the vehicle and people involved were still there. I live fairly close to where this occured as well. I have personally crossed that same spot as well, but I can tell you, I don't cross there with the intentions that the traffic needs to watch out for me, or that they will see me and go around or stop. I make sure to only cross when I see no cars. I do also know that sometimes drivers act somewhat irratically when driving as well and are hard to predict what exactly they are doing or where they are going, which is yet another reason why I only cross there when i see no vehicles. Again I'm not saying that is what happened in this situation, just thinking of all the different ways it could have happened. Everyone wants to read a story, envision it happening 1 way and 1 way only and completely dismissing all other options.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 6:09 PM

"My going 25-35 depending on the block of grand, someone steps out, will there be enough time to stop? will the cars behind me be prepared for an immediate stop? if not, I stop for a pedestrian, they rear end me, who is at fault?"

If, in your example it would happen as you have stated it, the operator of the vehicle who struck you could be cited for failure to maintain control or failure to stop in a safe assured distance.

-- Posted by Drive Straight on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 7:43 PM

I understand the car behind you would be held accountable for hitting you. But I'm saying since Grand is a hwy and has higher speeds with most blocks not having stoplights if you are going this speed and someone steps out or perhaps tries to run across quick are you for sure going to be able to stop fast enough and not cause a big accident? I'm just saying that things aren't as cut and dry as people try to make them out to be. They just want to believe that because he is an older man it was automatically his fault and he automatically needs to not have a license anymore. People that weren't there need to look at it from all angles. I drove right past it very soon after it happened so I have my own theories as to what happened just because I saw where everything was, not everyone was able to see that. That's all I'm trying to get at. I personally hate crossing grand without crossing at an intersection with a stop light, even then sometimes they don't stay green for very long.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Thu, Nov 22, 2012, at 8:50 PM

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