EUGENE, Ore. -- Two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle on Martin Luther King Blvd. which blocked part of the roadway near PK Park Friday night, police said.
Emergency crews responded to a crash on MLK Boulevard involving a vehicle and two pedestrians at around 6:40 p.m. Friday evening. In a press release Eugene Emerald's officials said that the two pedestrians were crossing MLK to get to a baseball game at PK Park, the baseball field near Autzen Stadium.
The two pedestrians, Elane and Charles Stewart (ages 85 and 90 respectively) of Eugene were struck by a silver Dodge Intrepid while crossing MLK from the Masonic Lodge to the north entrance of PK Park.
The driver of the Dodge was 52-year-old Todd Miller of Cottage Grove. The driver's daughter, who was in the vehicle at the time of the crash, said "My father slammed on the brakes to stop from hitting them."
The Stewarts are a married couple who were dedicated members of the Masonic Lodge family.
Ron Lasalle is a past member and parking attendant for the Masonic Lodge. He said that he saw the couple at almost every Em's game.
"Since they're a part of the Masonic family it has a lot of us shook up. It's kind of tough to take when you see your own people hurt." said Lasalle.
Eugene Police said that both Elane and Charles were in stable condition at a local hospital.
There are no scheduled crosswalks allowing pedestrians across MLK near the scene of the crash.
Emergency crews closed down one lane of traffic in each direction around the crash while they cleared the scene.
Eugene Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides issued this statement following the Emeralds game Friday night, regarding two fans struck by a car before the game:
The Emeralds organization is deeply saddened to learn of two fans, Elaine and Charles Stewart, who were struck by a moving vehicle before the start of the final game of the season. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and all affected by the accident. The Emeralds season came to a close Friday night, but our heart is not on the field, but rather with the Stewart family.