On June 30, at approximately 10:28 a.m., the Vermont State
Police responded to the Pittsford Transfer Station located on Depot
Hill Road in the Town of Pittsford for a Motor Vehicle/ Pedestrian
Through the investigation it was learned Winifred L. Altwater,
90 years old from Pittsford, Vt., was attempting to retrieve
garbage from the rear seat of her 2007 Chrysler Sebring. However,
due to the vehicle being locked she was unable to do so.
Therefore, she returned to the driver's side area of the
vehicle and inadvertently put the vehicle in reverse.
As a result, the driver's side door knocked her to the ground
and the front driver side tire of the vehicle drove over both of
The vehicle then continued and struck an unoccupied and parked 2006
Dodge Caravan owned by Charles M. Rivers, age 82 from Brandon, Vt.,
The Rutland Ambulance Service, Pittsford Fire Department, and
Pittsford First Response units responded and provided the necessary
and appropriate medical assistance. Altwater was then transported
to the Rutland Regional Medical Center where she underwent
emergency surgery for unknown injuries sustained to her legs.
Altwater's vehicle suffered minor damage to the right rear
quarter panel of the vehicle. Rivers's vehicle also suffered minor
damage to the front driver's side fender of the vehicle.
No civil or criminal action will be taken.