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80-year-old driver hits a man putting gas into his truck

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jan 24 2014 01:59:57 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 07:11:45 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police said an 80-year-old driver struck a man who was on the side of the road putting gas into his vehicle.  The victim suffered major injures.

The collision happened at 11:24 a.m. Friday on Eureka Way near Magnolia Avenue.  The eastbound lanes of Eureka Way were closed while police investigated.

Police said the victim, 40-year-old Steven Schwabe of Redding, was putting gas into his disabled vehicle along the side of the road.  His small pickup was parked on the right side of the road, and was partially blocking the right lane.

Investigators said a silver Honda CRV driven by 80-year-old Wilfred Thompson of Shasta, struck Schwabe. Thompson apparently did not see Schwabe who was standing next to his pickup truck in the road.

Schwabe was taken to Mercy Medical Center with major injuries.  As of Friday evening he was listed in serious condition.

Thompson was evaluated at the scene and officers determined he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Stay with KRCR News Channel 7 for updates.