Friday, September 16, 2005
GRANDVIEW - Grandview's Teresa Kollmar was headed home with her three children in the backseat on Tuesday night around 7 p.m., when she was blindsided by what Yakima County Sheriff's Office officials describe as a 1997 Dodge pickup.
The accident left Kollmar, who is employed as a para-professional at Harriet Thompson Elementary School, with a broken collarbone, a broken molar, one chipped tooth and one loose tooth. Kollmar added that both of the airbags in her 1998 Ford Contour were activated during the accident. Kollmar's children walked away from the accident with no major injuries.
Kollmar said she was driving south on Hornby Road toward her Charvet Road home, when she stopped at the stop sign where Hornby intersects with Grandview Pavement Road. She said she looked both ways, and was just heading through the intersection when she was hit by the truck, which was headed west on Grandview Pavement.
"I had looked and then started going," Kollmar said.
She said the truck must have been traveling at a high rate of speed because she didn't see the truck coming when she started to pull out into the intersection.
"They had to be flying," she said.
According to Kollmar, who is home recovering from the accident, the driver of the pickup hit her car on the driver side. She said the truck hit her car between her front driver side tire and her door.
"It's the first wreck I've ever been in," Kollmar said.
Kollmar added that she has been told that the truck that hit her was a stolen vehicle, and that the driver was running away from the scene of another crime. She added that she has heard that the occupants of the truck had just burglarized a house.
Yakima County Sheriff's Office officials couldn't verify who was driving the truck, or where the vehicle was coming from. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.