Woman recovering after being run over by truck in downtown Tecumseh

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Joanne Sonstein crosses Evans Street on Friday morning at the location where a pick-up truck turned west on Chicago Boulevard and ran over a woman on Thursday, January 17. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

“God was watching over her,” said Jean Gall, mother of Joanna Gall, 24, who survived an accident on Thursday, Jan. 17 when she was struck by a pickup truck and run over on Chicago Boulevard in downtown Tecumseh.

Gall was in the crosswalk when the truck, driven by Kyle Mason, 30, of Tecumseh, turned right from southbound Evans Street onto westbound W. Chicago where she was knocked down and run over by the truck, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado.

Mason pulled over and told police that he did not see Gall, and when he heard a noise, he thought he had hit something that had fallen off another vehicle.
Mason has not been cited in the accident, which remains under investigation, according to Tecumseh Police Chief Troy Stern.

Mason was convicted in 2004 on felony charges of fleeing and eluding police and charges of open intoxicants in 2005, both occurrences in Adrian. Alcohol, however, was not a factor in the accident with Gall, Stern said.

Gall was life-flighted to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor where she has undergone two surgeries, according to her mother. She suffered injuries to her pelvis, sacrum and lower spine with a total of eight fractures.
“She has quite a bit of recovery ahead of her,” said Jean, who expects her daughter may be able to return home later this week.

Cards may be sent to Joanna Gall at 111 S. Maumee Street in Tecumseh.

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