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Charity worker struck by car while crossing Fairfield roadway

A Bridgeport woman remains in the intensive care unit Tuesday after she was struck by a car while crossing the street outside Operation Hope in Fairfield.

News 12 Staff

Nov 24, 2020, 6:11 PM

Updated 1,306 days ago

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A Bridgeport woman remains in the intensive care unit Tuesday after she was struck by a car while crossing the street outside Operation Hope in Fairfield.
Donna Schmidt, 65, of Bridgeport, was struck by a car Friday on Old Post Road after leaving work around 5:45 p.m. in front of Operation Hope.
Police say Schmidt was in the crosswalk and was attempting to get to her car which was parked across the street at Old Town Hall.
Police say the driver who struck Schmidt stopped their car and is cooperating with investigators.
Officials say they do not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash, because the driver told them in a statement that he could not see Schmidt in the crosswalk.
Investigators say it was dark outside at the time of the accident.
Schmidt was found lying on her back in the roadway of Old Post Road when first responders arrived and was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with serious physical injuries.
Operation Hope's executive director released a statement about the incident saying in part, "We are saddened by the recent car accident involving our dear Operation Hope family member, Donna Schmidt, Volunteer Program Manager. She is cherished by so many, having been with Operation Hope for 10 years. Her condition is serious, and we ask that you keep her in your prayers as she recovers. Please also hold the family of the driver in your prayers, as well. This hard time reminds us to count our blessings...Thank you to all who have reached out and please have a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving holiday."
Police say Old Post Road will be closed between Beach Road and Penfield Road tonight between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for an accident reconstruction.
Officials say Town Hall can be accessed from Beach Road during the road closure tonight.
Police say the driver has not been charged and that he is cooperating with the investigation. 


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