Pedestrian hit by car after falling into the street |

Pedestrian hit by car after falling into the street

Teya Vitu

Witnesses said a 76-year-old man who had just eaten at the FISH Food Bank Sunday afternoon fell into the street in front of an Isuzu Trooper making a right turn at Long and Carson streets.

Vernon Billman apparently didn’t suffer major injuries. He was taken to Carson-Tahoe Hospital, where he was evaluated in the emergency room.

“He went to the curb. He faltered. He fell in front of the vehicle,” witness Sterling McLean said.

Driver Amy Murphy of Gardnerville was looking left down Carson Street before making a right turn from Long Street at about 1:35 p.m. By the time she looked ahead to make the turn, Billman was already on the ground, out of her sight, witnesses said.

Murphy immediately stopped upon realizing she hit something. Paramedics found Billman lying in front of the vehicle.

“That’s an easy accident to happen,” witness Mike Cundiff said. “It’s one of those freak things.”

Billman seemed to be trying to cross Long Street on the west side of Carson Street, the corner where Friends in Service Helping has its thrift store and food bank. Cundiff knows Billman and said they had both just eaten at the food bank.

“He’s a World War II veteran,” Cundiff said. “He survived an internment camp for a year. He’ll make it through this.”