A car struck a pedestrian Friday morning at Pleasant Valley Boulevard and Frankstown Road, leaving the walker badly injured on the street before emergency workers transported him to Altoona Regional Trauma Center.
About 9:45 a.m., the driver of a Subaru Outback struck the pedestrian, a young man who was apparently trying to cross Pleasant Valley Boulevard.
The crash left the pedestrian, whose identity wasn't immediately available, bleeding on the street, barely able to respond verbally, and the car's windshield smashed.
Mirror photo by Ryan Brown
An Altoona police officer masked evidence at a car-pedestrian accident on Pleasant Valley Boulevard and Frankstown Road Friday morning.
Altoona, Logan Township and state police arrived soon after as traffic backed up behind the crash scene. Altoona police were investigating.
Witnesses said he seemed to appear from nowhere, crossing two lanes of stopped traffic before the Subaru, in the southbound left-turn lane, struck him.
Onlookers gathered on both sides of Pleasant Valley Boulevard while police questioned motorists near the scene. The young woman whose car struck the pedestrian appeared distraught as emergency workers loaded the victim onto a stretcher and into an ambulance around 10:05 a.m.
Police said he appeared to be in stable condition when the ambulance left for the trauma center, but said his overall condition was unclear.
Officers taped off the scene, which contained blood stains, a lighter and the victim's shoe. Traffic was redirected for several hours after the crash.