UPDATE: Driver Who Hit Pedestrian Cited for Failure to Yield

E. Main Street incident under investigation.

A female pedestrian was struck on E. Main Street in front of Wheaton College Sunday night.

The accident occured at 8 p.m. when the Samantha Barchard, a Wheaton College student, was hit while in a crosswalk at Howard Street and E. Main Street. The 21-year-old was struck by a vehicle operated by Stephen Tapper, 61, of Stoughton.

Tapper’s vehicle was traveling eastbound on E. Main Street. Tapper stated to police that he did not see the pedestrian due to her wearing dark clothing and the foggy weather conditions.

The area contains three crosswalks across E. Main Street that are heavily monitored and enforced by police.

Barchard was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital by the Norton Fire Department for non-life threatening injuries. Tapper was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  The incident is under investigation by Patrolman Kevin Schleicher Jr.


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