A woman struck by an allegedly intoxicated driver in St. Paul on Wednesday night as she was walking across an intersection shortly after leaving work suffered permanent brain damage, authorities say.
Joy Hundley, 51, of South St. Paul was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment of a fractured skull and bleeding to her brain following the crash about 9:20 p.m. in the intersection of Robert and Fillmore Streets, legal documents say.
The driver who hit her, Gary Thomas Schmalz, was charged Friday with two counts of criminal vehicular operation that caused great bodily harm while under the influence of alcohol, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court.
Police arrested Gary Thomas Schmalz on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation after a crash on St. Paul’s West Side on Sept. 27, 2017, that critically injured a pedestrian. (Courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)
Police arrived to the crash scene to find paramedics treating Hundley after a 19-year-old bystander had performed CPR.
Hundley was taken to Regions Hospital, where she remained in critical condition Friday morning,