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Man, 66, goes out to mow lawn, gets hit by car in Port St. Lucie

Philip Ritchie Menard wasn’t hurt by the mower’s blade, but by an oncoming car that struck him as he finished mowing a line to the street and then stepped into the road to mow back the other way, Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sabol said. (Port St. Lucie Police Department)
A 66-year-old Port St. Lucie man is in the hospital being treated for serious injuries he got while mowing his lawn. (Port St. Lucie Police Department)
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Updated: 2/18 2:27 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (PBPost) -- A 66-year-old Port St. Lucie man is in the hospital being treated for serious injuries he got while mowing his lawn.

Philip Ritchie Menard wasn’t hurt by the mower’s blade, but by an oncoming car that struck him as he finished mowing a line to the street and then stepped into the road to mow back the other way, Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sabol said.

“He had ear buds in, so he might not have heard her coming,” Sabol said.

Menard was hit about 11:15 a.m. in front of his home in the 1900 block of SE Berkshire Blvd. He was struck by a 2011 Honda CRV driven by Lauretta Findlay, 71, of Fort Pierce, Sabol reported in a written statement.

Menard suffered head injuries and broken bones and was flown to a local trauma center for treatment, Sabol said. Findlay was shaken, but uninjured, Sabol said. No one has been charged as authorities continue to investigate the crash.
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