No citations were issued after a Geneva 15-year-old was struck by an automobile Aug. 28 at the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Allen Drive, Batavia police reports said.
The accident took place around 3:21 p.m., as the teenager was trying to make his way across the busy street near one of the entrances to The Holmstad. Several witnesses corroborated a report that the accident was not the fault of the driver, which led police to a determination to not file charges, reports said.
According to reports, a Ford Escape driven by George Shutack, 55, of Wayne struck a pedestrian, Phillip Litzenberger, 15, who later told police he was unable to remember the accident.
Shutack said he was traveling east on Fabyan Parkway in the right lane approaching Allen Drive when he noticed a vehicle traveling in the left lane slow down. He then saw Litzenberger running south through the intersection and attempted to stop, but struck the pedestrian.
The driver of the vehicle in the right lane next to Shutack’s Escape said she noticed the young man run across the westbound lanes, so she slowed down and Litzenberger proceeded to run across the eastbound lane. She then heard the screeching of tires as Shutack applied the breaks before striking the pedestrian.
Another witness said she was about three cars back in the left
lane traveling east on Fabyan Parkway when she saw the young man dash across
westbound lanes. He stopped in the middle of Fabyan Parkway, and as the first
vehicle began to slow down, he ran across the eastbound lane and was struck by
A third witness, traveling two cars behind the second
witness, corroborated the details, and a fourth witness, also traveling east on
Fabyan Parkway said he saw the accident in his rear-view mirror and told police
he did not feel Shutack had enough time to stop and avoid the accident.
Litzenberger was taken by ambulance to Delnor Hospital. A Cadence spokesperson said Wednesday that no person named Phillip Litzenberger was presently at the hospital.