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UPDATED: Police Identify Two Pedestrians Hit By Car On Cypress Ave. in Redding

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:14:41 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 05 2013 11:30:08 AM CST
2 pedestrians hit by car on Cy
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police closed the westbound lanes of East Cypress Avenue near Rosemary Drive Friday night after a car hit two pedestrians.

The collision happened just after 6 p.m.

Investigators say a red 2007 Toyota Prius, driven by Beverly Johnson, 74, of Redding, was traveling westbound on Cypress when it hit David Burton, 75, and Virginia Burton, 71, who were walking in a marked crosswalk.

David Burton was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was treated for head and hand lacerations and multiple bone fractures. Virginia Burton was also transported to Mercy where she was treated for a lower leg fracture and shoulder pain.

Officers closed the westbound lanes of E. Cypress as they investigated the collision. They say neither alcohol nor drugs were involved.

In a separate incident during the investigation, police say Andrew Lee Smith, 52, of Redding, drove his 2001 BMW 325Ci through a parking lot, around part of the closure, and into the closed portion of Cypress Avenue.

They say he drove through a line of flares and around a police truck and trailer with emergency lights activated in the process, before being stopped by officers.

After an investigation, Smith was arrested for driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and a probation violation.

Police say an additional charge of driving while addicted to the use of a drug will be requested through the Shasta County District Attorney’s office.