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2 women hurt in 2 accidents in Kennewick

A Kennewick woman was hit by an SUV early Sunday morning as she was standing in the 4600 block of South Garfield Street, according to the Kennewick Police Department.

It was the second car this past weekend in Kennewick to run into and injure pedestrians in unrelated incidents.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Aimee Dilger, 33, was walking north and her husband, Robert Dilger, was in his pickup and stopped to talk to her, according to police reports. As she stood in the street, she was hit by a small, dark-colored SUV driving south, which did not stop, according to police.

Her husband jumped out of his truck to help her. His pickup rolled backward then, but contrary to earlier reports, did not hit his wife, according to police.

She suffered broken bones and scrapes and was in stable condition at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland on Monday, police said.

The SUV suspected of being involved in the hit and run was found that same morning on the 3200 block of S. Quincy Place with no one inside. Police have identified a person of interest in the case but no arrest has been made.

In the first incident of the weekend, Maria Solorzano and her 1-year-old daughter were hit by a pickup as they walked across the parking lot to the Denny's restaurant at Highway 395 and Kennewick Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Her 10-year-old daughter jumped out of the way and was not injured.

Solorzano's youngest daughter was scraped and bruised, and Solorzano remained at Kadlec in serious condition in the intensive care unit with a skull fracture Monday.

Larry L. Eldhardt, 41, of Kennewick, was booked into jail on suspicion of vehicular assault and is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Police had many witnesses available to interview as people came out of the restaurant to help, said Sgt. Ken Lattin.

They reported that the suspect tried to restart his 1991 Ford F-150 truck, but they stopped him, Lattin said. When Eldhardt was out of the truck, a witness pinned him to the truck until police arrived, Lattin said.

Eldhardt was driving through the parking lot toward the street when the Solorzanos were hit, Lattin said. There were skid marks after the impact and then the truck went over a parking bumper and stopped in the grass at the restaurant, he said.

A blood alcohol level for Eldhardt had not been released Monday.

w Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com.

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