By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
An afternoon traffic accident on Wednesday sent a local man to University Medical Center for further observation after he was struck by a vehicle on the Lebanon Public Square.
Approximately 2:45 p.m., Richard Rick Smith of Lebanon was walking in a crosswalk on the west side of the Square when he was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Tom Lee Stephens II of Alexandria.
Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said Stephens was attempting to merge onto West Main Street from the Square when he struck Smith -- who was trying to cross the street.
There was noticeable damage to Stephenss windshield on the drivers side and to the drivers side bumper. Green said he was still trying to determine which way Smith was crossing the street but noted he was in the crosswalk.
According to (Stephens), the sun got in his eyes and he didnt see the pedestrian walking, Green said. He will be cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
Smith was transported to UMC for observation, and Green described his injuries as nothing severe at this time. According to the officer, Smith likely suffered injuries to the head and shoulders but added they were not life threatening and that Smith appeared not to be seriously injured.
Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, said at the scene that she had just held a meeting with Smith and others regarding public safety for the 2011 Christmas Parade and Jingle Jog. She said Smith was walking from the Square, where the Chambers office is located, to F&M Bank where he works, on West Main Street, just off the Square.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.