An 18-year-old Salem woman remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Salem Hospital after being struck by a car Saturday evening.
Sthefany Viorato-Navuaez and two friends were crossing Silverton Road near 47th Avenue when she was hit by a car traveling eastbound on Silverton Road. The car did not hit her friends.
The driver of the car, Robert Mallorie, 39, of Silverton, immediately stopped to help Viorato-Navuaez. Rather than waiting for paramedics, Mallorie drove the victim and her friends to the hospital because they were concerned about the severity of her injuries.
The male and female friends of the victim initially left without providing anyone with information on who the victim was, or who they were. The female, Elizabeth Navarro, 38, later returned to the hospital with the victim's mother. Navarro said they left because the male friend had to get to work.
Mallorie told deputies that he was driving his 1992 Honda at about 35 mph due to the thick fog in the area. He said he hit Viorato-Navuaez as she started to cross in the crosswalk. Mallorie said he didn't see her until he hit her.
Mallorie was fully cooperative with investigators. Deputies determined that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, he was cited for driving with a suspended operator's license. Mallorie's 8-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the crash.
Neither Mallorie nor his daughter was injured.
Deputies say the victim and her two friends were wearing dark clothing. The area where the crash occurred is protected by a crosswalk with lights that activate upon demand of a pedestrian. However, the victim and her friends failed to push the crosswalk button before attempting to cross the road.
The investigation is ongoing.
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