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3/10/2014 12:41:00 PM
Weird accident reported in Spring Valley

Rachel Stella
Media Editor

Tracy Tyler of Spring Valley said she was hit in the lower back with a light pole after 11 a.m. Friday after a driver hit it with his sport-utility vehicle.

“I was walking out of the Valley News and Booze, and someone was pulling into a parking spot,” Tyler said. “He was coming way too fast.”

According to the Spring Valley Police report, the driver, Kenneth R. Pokryfke of Twin Lakes, Wis., said he slid on the icy roadway as he applied the brakes, which caused him to hit a light fixture. Pokryfke said the light fixture did not hit Tyler, according to the police report.

But Tyler said otherwise.

“I heard a crash, and I turned for a split second, and I see this pole come flying at me,” she said. “It scared the crap out of me. All I could think of was to cover my head — I didn’t see what happened after that; I just felt it hit me.”

According to the report, witness Joshua Tompson, an employee of the adjacent business, said he saw the SUV hit the light fixture, but didn’t think the fixture hit Tyler.

Tyler said someone called an ambulance, which took her to St. Margaret’s Hospital, where she was told she had “just bruising, no breaks, but swelling and bruising,” she said. She said she was given a shot for pain relief and sent home.

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