Woman hit by vehicle, flown to Louisville hospital


A Seymour woman was struck by a truck Friday on the city’s southeast side, suffering nonlife-threatening injuries requiring her to be flown to a Louisville hospital, police said.

Yony Bautista Leiva, 24, was attempting to leave his parking spot at the Lincoln School Apartments at Laurel and Vine streets when he saw children playing behind his vehicle, blocking him from backing up, said Officer Jeremy Helmsing, a public information officer with the Seymour Police Department.

Helmsing said Leiva then decided to pull his vehicle forward onto a patch of grass in front of him to avoid hitting the children.

Leiva, however, didn’t see a woman lying in that patch of grass and struck her with his vehicle, police said.

Francisca Perez Roblero, 59, sustained injuries to her face and was treated at the scene by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and taken to the PHI Air Medical helicopter pad at Schneck Medical Center.

She was then flown by a PHI StatFlight helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. She was later released.

Helmsing said Leiva was not cited for the incident because an officer was not present to witness it.

The incident, reported at 6:18 p.m. Friday, was investigated by Officer Ben Miller. He was assisted by officers Brandon White, Kevin Settle and Seth Sage.

Leiva was taken for a drug and alcohol screening, and the results are currently pending.

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