LAFAYETTE -- A woman who was struck by a car and pinned against the wall of the Lafayette Post Office on Tuesday evening is expected to recover from her injuries, according to the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office.

At 5:20 p.m. the 55-year-old Lafayette woman was standing in front of the post office, at 3641 Mt. Diablo Blvd., sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

The victim was struck by a Mercedes Benz driven by a Lafayette man in his 60s. The vehicle continued forward and struck the wall of the building, crushing the woman's leg and pinning her between the car and the wall.

A doctor happened to be nearby at the time and helped to stabilize the woman until paramedics arrived. It took them 20 minutes to free the woman.

She remained at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek on Wednesday afternoon. Her condition was unknown, but her injuries were considered major, Lee said.

Lafayette police continued to investigate the cause of the crash Wednesday. Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor, and the driver was not cited or arrested.

Roman Gokhman covers public safety. Contact him at 925-945-4780. Follow him at Twitter.com/RomiTheWriter.



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