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Girl Hit By Car Racing In Reverse

FOR THE RECORD (March 28, 1998): Story wrong: A car involved in an accident that injured a Hayden Lake student was moving forward during the incident. A story in Thursday’s Idaho Spokesman-Review said otherwise.

A 72-year-old woman has been charged with drunken driving in an accident that injured a Hayden Lake student outside her school.

Florence E. Newell of Hayden stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake Tuesday afternoon while backing out of a parking spot at Friends Church, said Kootenai County sheriff’s Sgt. Ward Crawford. Newell’s car raced backward, clipping a pole supporting an awning before hitting the girl, Crawford said.

The 10-year-old girl, whose name was not released, was kept overnight at Kootenai Medical Center, but her injuries were not believed to be serious.

Deputies said the girl, a student at North Idaho Christian School, was walking with her bicycle when she was hit. She was pushed about 30 feet and pinned against a building behind a bike rack.

Meanwhile, the car continued away from the building, clipping another awning-support pole. A beam being held by the pole pierced the car’s windshield, narrowly missing Newell and her 7-year-old passenger, Crawford said.

The car hit three parked cars before it finally stopped.

Deputies said Newell smelled of alcohol. Results of tests being done on blood taken at the hospital, where Newell was treated for cuts, are not yet available, Crawford said.

, DataTimes

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