TUSCUMBIA — A Colbert County man is in Huntsville Hospital after he was injured in a hit-and-run Thursday morning, and the woman accused of driving the vehicle is in jail, police said.
Robert Danny Allison, 59, Smallwood Mountain Road, which is near Locust Shores, was injured in the incident that happened about 11 a.m. in front of Tuscumbia City Hall, Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said.
Kimberly Lynn Strait, 41, of Tuscumbia, is charged with driving while under the influence, felony leaving the scene of an accident, second-degree assault and other traffic violations, police said.
Logan said Allison was taken to Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, and then flown to Huntsville.
Pam Sparks, a spokeswoman for Huntsville Hospital, said Allison still was being treated in the facility’s emergency department but was listed in fair condition late Thursday afternoon.
Police said it appeared Allison was suffering from a back injury and possible broken sternum.
Logan said according to witnesses, Allison was on a cellphone outside his car, which was parked in front of Tuscumbia City Hall on Sixth Street.
Tuscumbia police detective Sgt. Stuart Setliff said Strait was traveling east on Sixth Street when she slammed into Allison’s car and knocked his car into him. He said the impact knocked Allison from the street back onto the sidewalk, about 25 feet.
“From what witnesses said, he was reaching down to open the front door (of the car) when (his car was hit),” Logan said.
He said the impact left an impression of Allison’s head on the car.
“He really took a lick,” Logan said. “It’s a wonder the injuries weren’t more severe.”
Setliff said Strait is accused of driving past City Hall and turning south and then back west on Seventh Street coming past the Police Department.
He said officers were close by and were able to catch up with her on Woodmont Drive, just past Spring Creek Golf Course.
“She told the officer who took her into custody that she didn’t mean to hit the guy,” Setliff said. “So, she knew what she did.”
He said Strait was not injured.
Strait was in Tuscumbia City Jail on Thursday without bail.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.