Two Pedestrians Hit In Pine

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A Saturday afternoon collision left one man hospitalized and awaiting surgery.

Pine resident Robyn Hill was exiting the Bondurant House in Pine onto Highway 87 when she struck pedestrians Louis Sazbo, 52, and Louise Clark, 47, husband and wife of Sedona.

The couple were treated at the scene by Pine-Strawberry fire personnel and transported to Payson Regional Medical Center.

Sazbo suffered from multiple abrasions and a broken left knee requiring surgery Sunday morning, Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Whetten said.

Clark was treated for multiple abrasions to her hip, leg and head.

Hill, 42, was uninjured. She was given a citation for failure to avoid pedestrians in a roadway, Whetten said.

Whoever entered the highway first had the right-of-way, he said.

Hill reported to officers that she had looked left and it was clear. As she scanned the area she saw two people standing at the black and white wall in front of Nifty Fifties. She then looked to the right waiting for a break in traffic.

Seeing that break, Hill started out of the drive, southbound on Highway 87. It was then that she hit the couple that had already made it halfway across Highway 87, Whetten said.

"It was an unfortunate accident," witness Jacob Scarbrough said.

"It's unfortunate," Whetten echoed," but more attention has to be paid."

The small stretch of Highway 87 that goes through Pine is the scene of frequent fender benders, Whetten said, citing inattention as the biggest cause.

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