Pedestrian improves after being hit by car |

Pedestrian improves after being hit by car

A Nevada City man who was struck by a vehicle on Greenhorn Road is improving.

Gary T. Garton, 67, was in fair condition Tuesday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said.

He was flown there Saturday in serious condition with major injuries by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

Garton was walking westbound on the narrow road with no sidewalks when a Mazda being driven by Virginia Trapani, 58, of Grass Valley, struck him from behind, the CHP reported.

Trapani could not see Garton, and it appeared he was walking in the roadway, CHP Sgt. Dee Lavrador of the Grass Valley office.

Garton suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, according to family friends who contacted The Union by e-mail. He has been known to disappear on long walks and show up at the homes of friends unexpectedly.

An investigation of the accident is still underway, according to Grass Valley CHP Officer Eric Wagner.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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