WILMINGTON — Wednesday, the first day of school, a crash occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Mulberry Street that involved a school-aged girl in the early morning and injured her mother.
That girl’s mother, who was driving a 1999 Toyota Sienna, was transported to Clinton Memorial Hospital. Police didn’t have details about her or the child, including their names, at the time of the accident. Wilmington Police Department Officer Joshua Gibson said the child, a teen, was OK.
Gibson said the Sienna was headed north on Mulberry Street when a 2011 Honda Pilot allegedly ran a red light and hit the driver’s side of the Sienna, flipping it onto its side and causing it to slide into a nearby utility pole. The pole, too, was damaged, Gibson said.
Gibson said two independent witnesses saw the Pilot run the red light. According to Gibson, the Pilot’s driver, 45-year-old Julie Butcher of Wilmington, allegedly said the sun had blinded her.
Gibson said Butcher was cited with running a red light.
In addition to the utility pole, fluids leaked onto the street from the Pilot.
Airbags deployed in the Pilot, but not in the Sienna.
Wilmington Police Department managed the crash scene and directed traffic. Also on scene were the Wilmington Fire Department, Wilmington Streets Department and Bennett Towing.
Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.