KENDALL - A foggy windshield and sloppy driving caused a Ford pickup to strike an 11-year-old girl in the Paradise area, sending her to St. Joseph hospital for a possible concussion and broken bones, troopers said Thursday morning, Nov. 8.
Vasiliy A. Varkentin, 20, was driving northbound around a shallow left curve in the 6200 block of Azure Way at 9 a.m. when his '98 Ford F-150 went over the fog line and hit Hannah M. Ivanhoe at a speed of about 20 mph, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Sheriff's deputies initially reported the girl was launched through the air about 20 feet on impact; Trooper Keith Leary couldn't confirm that.
Ivanhoe was taken to the hospital by ambulance. She had a bloody nose and appeared to have broken bones. She may have suffered a concussion. A nursing supervisor said she was released at 2 p.m.
Troopers saw the Ford's windows were iced and fogged up, except for a small clearing Varkentin had wiped away. His view would have been obstructed, Leary said, so by the time he saw the girl, it was too late.
Speed and alcohol were not involved in the crash, Leary said. State Patrol listed the cause of the crash as "inattention/visual hazard." Charges are pending.
About $700 in damage was done to the truck.
Ivanhoe and Varkentin are both from the Paradise area.
Correction: Ivanhoe's age was corrected Friday morning.
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