UPDATED: (7-3-17) – Waynesfield-Goshen School Superintendent Chris Pfister told the Lima News that Buffenbarger sustained a broken leg (compound fracture), arm and jaw and underwent surgery over the weekend. She is expected to make a full recovery.
(7-2-17) A 17-year-old Waynesfield girl, Madison Buffenbarger, was seriously injured when she was struck by a vehicle on U.S. Route 33 at Sunnyside Avenue following the Indian Lake fireworks display Saturday night (7-1-17).
Buffenbarger is a starting basketball player on the Waynesfield-Goshen Girls Basketball team, she earned NWCC honorable mention honors this past season. Against Cory-Rawson she led all scorers with 25 points and tied the Tigers’ school record with eight three-pointers made.
Officers of the Russells Point Police Department report Buffenbarger was with a group of friends attempting to cross U.S. 33 to get something to eat. Madison and two friends reportedly looked left, but failed to look right before attempting to run a cross the road. She was then struck by a westbound 2014 Ford Edge driven by Ted J McCabe, 59, of Englewood. The impact tossed Buffenbarger down the road.
Officers were less than 50 feet away directing post firework traffic when they heard the collision. They were able to quickly provide first aid and keep Madison protected while other traffic continued to drive around them.
Buffenbarger was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton where she remains in serious condition.
McCabe was not injured. His vehicle sustained minor damage.
Assisting at the scene were the Washington Township Police Department, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Indian Lake EMS, and Indian Joint Fire District.