Woman struck by vehicle on 35
CENTURIA - A 33-year-old rural Balsam Lake woman remains in critical condition today after being struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 35 near Centuria on Monday evening, Oct. 28.
According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Dept., Maria J. Bassi, 33, had walked into the path of a southbound Kia Soul owned and operated by Rita R. Bibeau, 60, of Centuria.
After impacting the vehicle, Bassi was thrown to the west shoulder of STH 35. Bassi’s vehicle; unrelated to the crash, was located at the scene on the east shoulder of STH 35.
During the investigation it was discovered that in the minutes prior to the crash being reported, Bassi had made telephone calls to family members which had caused them concerns for her welfare.
Bassi was transported by ambulance to St. Croix Regional Medical Center and was then transported by air ambulance to Regions Hospital Where she underwent surgery for her injuries.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. - Gary King