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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on January 5, 2018 at 11:12 am, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called to a report of a personal injury accident in the parking lot near the Washington County Annex Building off Route 4 in the Town of Fort Edward.
When deputies arrived, they found Carol A. McGivern, 70, of Pine Hill Road in Hebron on the ground with injuries to her face and chest. During the investigation, it was learned that McGivern had been struck by a 2012 GMC pickup driven by Owen O’Brien, 81, of Granville. It appears that Mr. O’Brien was backing his truck up to the side of a parked tractor trailer to help off-load food items for delivery as part of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Mr. O’Brien over accelerated while backing up, struck McGivern and briefly pinned her between the trailer and pick-up as she stood at the side of the trailer.
EMS personnel on the scene called for a medical helicopter however it was unable to fly due to weather. McGivern was transported to Glens Falls Hospital and later to the Albany Medical Center. The accident is still under investigation however drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the accident. Fort Edward Fire and EMS as well as the Hudson Falls Fire Department also assisted on the scene.
The accident was handled by Lt. Todd Lemery, Sgt. Tim Carroll and Deputy John LaTour and turned over to Sheriff’s Investigators Matt Lohret and Paul Trottier.