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Milton woman injured trying to stop runaway car

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Gazette staff
July 12, 2011
— A Milton woman was hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash that happened when she tried to stop her car from rolling down her driveway and into the street, the Milton Police Department reported.

The police department reported Steven Penton, 58, Edgerton, was westbound on Madison Avenue in a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV just after 2 p.m. Saturday when he collided with a Ford Festiva that had rolled into the street.


Police said the car, which belonged to a 58-year-old Milton woman, was in her driveway on West Madison Avenue, when it went out of gear and rolled into the street.


The woman, who was not in the car at the time, reportedly chased after it and was on the opposite side of the car when Pentonís SUV collided with it. The woman then was hit by her own car.


Police said the parking brake in the womanís car also was not working.


The Milton Fire Department transported the woman to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.


Police would not release her name.


A woman identified as the victim by a caller to the Gazette was listed in critical condition at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center on Monday.


It was unclear whether thewoman tried to alert Penton during the incident.


Police reported there was no indication of speed or inattentiveness, and no tickets were issued.



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