Police: Charges not likely in pedestrian accident

WARREN – City police said it is unlikely charges will be filed against the driver of the Time Warner Cable van that hit a pedestrian on Friday.

On Monday, police said that Victoria M. Allen, 25, of Youngstown Road S.E., remained in a coma at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

According to a traffic crash report, the driver of the van, Mark L. Greene, 23, of Woodland Trail, Cortland, was traveling east on Youngstown Road just after 5:30 p.m. when he turned into the center lane in preparation to turn left at the North Road intersection.

Allen, who lives nearby, was in the center lane when she was hit, according to reports.

Police said they plan to meet with prosecutors to determine whether charges will be filed against Green.

“But I don’t really think there will be any charges,” said Ben Harrell, chief traffic investigator for the Warren Police Department. “It really looks like it was a tragic accident.”

According to a police report, Allen improperly crossed Youngstown Road into traffic causing the van to hit her. Initially, she was taken to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren by ambulance before being transferred to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she was in critical condition, police said.

A witness told police that she was traveling west on Youngstown Road when a white van hit something on the road. She said she thought the driver had run over a box until she saw a person on the road.

Time Warner has offices on Youngstown Road just west of the accident location. Commenting on behalf of the company, Heidi Mock, director of media relations, said in a written statement that Time Warner Cable was aware of the incident and “our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals involved. We are working fully with the investigating authorities.”