Woman hit by car in serious condition

A Jennings County woman was in serious condition Thursday at a Louisville hospital after she was struck by a vehicle in North Vernon.

Police said Hulda Reichenbach of North Vernon was struck at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday as she tried to cross State Street at O&M Avenue. She was taken to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital by personnel with Jennings County Emergency Medical Services-Rescue 20.

Reichenbach was then flown to University of Louisville Hospital, according to a news release from the North Vernon Police Department.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said Reichenbach’s condition was downgraded from critical to serious. Her age and the extent or nature of her injuries were not available.

The driver of the vehicle, Sheri L. Schroeder of North Vernon, told police she was driving south on State Street and did not see Reichenbach, who was dressed in dark clothing. Schroeder told police that, by the time she saw Reichenbach, it was too late to stop and she hit her.

At this time, police said neither driver impairment nor excessive speed is being considered as a contributing factor to the accident.

Reichenbach and her husband, Bill, helped lead efforts to restore the historic Park Theatre Civic Centre in 2003. The couple remain involved in operating the theater, which opened in 1916. Hulda Reichenbach handles bookings.

In 2008, the Hayden native was one of eight who received Women of Distinction awards from Tulip Trace Council of the Girls Scouts of America during a ceremony in Bloomington. Reichenbach, a 1945 graduate of Hayden High School, also spent several years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Jennings County, and in 1996, she was president of North Vernon Kiwanis Club.