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Update: Pregnant woman, struck by pickup, released from hospital

Posted at: 04/28/2013 10:36 AM
Updated at: 04/28/2013 10:02 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

TROY -- The pregnant pedestrian who was struck while crossing a city street Friday night has been released from the hospital, NewsChannel 13 has learned.

Barbara Teeter, 27, is bruised and scraped, but she and her unborn son are doing well, Teeter's boyfriend, Barry Woodward, said Saturday.

"I was worried about her and the baby," Woodward said.

A pickup turning left onto 2nd Ave. from 116th St. with the green light struck Teeter in the crosswalk just after 9:00 p.m. Friday, according to a police report.

"Before I had time to react, the front of the truck hit me in my belly and threw me backwards and onto the pavement," Teeter said in a written deposition. "I don't really know how fast he was going but he didn't stop before he hit me."

Wayne Tefoe and other bystanders rushed to Teeter's aide.

"She was screaming in severe pain," Tefoe told NewsChannel 13. "She was more worried about her baby than her."

As Tefoe and others comforted Teeter, the pickup driver got back into his vehicle, threw it in reverse, and tried to back away from the scene, eyewitness Sardar Khan said.

"I just yelled, 'No, no, no, no, baby,'" Khan, who owns a nearby convenience store, said. "I [made] everybody run, and we [made] him stop right in the street."

Khan said he and four or five other people physically blocked the truck's path then notified police. The driver, Thomas Dibell, 58, was on the phone with his attorney when approached by an officer, according to the arrest report.

Asked whether he had been drinking, Dibell told the patrolman, "I had a couple," according to an oral admission report.

Dibell failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test, according to his arrest report. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, and other violations.

Dibell was released on an appearance ticket. A woman who answered the door at his Albany home late Saturday said Dibell was not there. He was due in city court on Monday.

Woodward, who nearly lost his girlfriend and unborn son, said he hopes justice is served.

"I want to see him go to jail," Woodward said.