Front Royal woman hit by vehicle Saturday

A Front Royal woman suffered non-life threatening injuries when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in Front Royal on Saturday.

Captain Crystal Cline, of the Front Royal Police Department, said that at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Katie Padgett, 25 of Front Royal, was struck on 14th Street as she was walking to the 7-11 convenience store at 138 W. 14th St. by a vehicle driven by Franz Schleiff, 52, of Front Royal. Schleiff slammed on his brakes when he hit Padgett, and that caused a vehicle driven by Terry Griffith, 46, of Front Royal, to run into the rear of Schleiff’s vehicle, Cline said.

“Schlieff made the turn onto 14th Street going east and the pedestrian was not walking in a crosswalk. It was dark, so he didn’t see her,” Cline said. “Because it was raining, Schlieff could not stop in time to prevent hitting the pedestrian, and the vehicle behind him could not stop either,” Cline said.

She noted that alcohol was not involved.

Cline said 14th Street in Front Royal is a busy, four-lane road.

“I don’t think we have really worked an accident in that area where a pedestrian was hit,” Cline said. “There’s a lot of traffic on that stretch of road and there’s not much there by way of stop lights to control it.”

Neither driver was charged in the accident and Padgett was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital.

Cline said that people crossing that part of 14th Street need to be “mindful of on-coming traffic and look both ways before crossing.”

“We’re just thankful she didn’t get hurt more seriously,” Cline said.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or

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