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Santa Rosa pedestrian hospitalized after hit by pickup

A Santa Rosa man who suffered broken bones when hit by a pickup while in a crosswalk was recovering Monday at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Wilfred Willis, 72, suffered fractures in his pelvis, contusions and other injuries Friday while crossing Calistoga Road at Marit Drive, his family said.

"He's lucky to be alive, he is truly lucky," said his son, Todd Willis, who lives with his father on Calistoga Road.

Willis had left home to walk to a nearby Safeway to get milk, his son said.

The pickup's driver, Myles Hoover, 87, of Santa Rosa, had just pulled out of a parking lot for Triple S Auto Care onto Calistoga Road when he hit Willis at 5:10 p.m., Santa Rosa Police Lt. Jerry Soares said.

"He said he never saw the pedestrian before he hit him," Soares said.

Willis' son said he ran outside when he heard the sirens.

"I saw trucks and thought, 'Oh, God, please don't let it be my dad,' " he said.

The elder Willis did not lose consciousness and remained alert, police said.

Hoover struck Willis at a slow speed, although the exact speed was unclear, Soares said.


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