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Car strikes woman on S.R. 224

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A 24-year-old woman from Northridge, Calif., suffered a broken leg when a car traveling about 35 mph struck her Monday on State Road 224.

"A Park City firefighter was on his way to work when the female darted right in front of him," Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Plank said.

The accident occurred at about 6:44 a.m.

Initially, the woman’s body hit the windshield.

"Of course [the driver] was startled and slammed on his brakes," Plank said, adding that the woman was thrown almost 20 feet from the vehicle. "She basically flew off and landed on the asphalt."

The woman was airlifted to University Hospital. She ran into the road from a stream bed or ditch on the right side, Plank said.

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"She came up from that wash and had her coat up above her head and over her shoulders," Plank said. "She didn’t even look one way or the other and ran right out in front of the car."

The woman said she "had been drinking all night," Plank said, adding that her arm was also injured. But the injuries were not life threatening.

The woman could be cited for jaywalking, public intoxication and another charge related to running out in front of cars, Plank said.

"You can’t dart out into traffic," Plank added.