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KIRKWOOD  •  Friends of a postal worker who was hit by a car as she left work last week say she remains hospitalized in an induced coma.

Chrissy Wilson-Mueller, 47, suffered brain trauma, several broken bones and a collapsed right lung after she was struck by the car Dec. 30. She had just clocked out at work after her shift and was walking to her car, which was parked on South Taylor Avenue .

Kirkwood Police Detective David Smith said it happened in the 300 block of South Taylor. A southbound vehicle struck her while she was crossing the road. Smith said the 79-year-old driver who struck her suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.

Smith said the driver wasn't cited in the crash.

Friends of Wilson-Mueller say she had been wearing her post office jacket and blue pants, and left work in the dark. Those who have visited in the hospital since the accident say she has not regained consciousness.

Valerie Hughes, spokeswoman for the Postal Service's Gateway District, said the post office has an agreement with the city of Kirkwood for postal employees to park on the street there.

Hughes described Wilson-Mueller was well-liked at work, but said she didn't know details of the incident.

Dozens of postal workers at the office on Taylor park on the street because there is no lot designated for them. Some complain that they've come out of work before to find their cars have been sideswiped during work hours by the traffic along Taylor.

Wilson-Mueller, who has a stepdaughter, was the primary caregiver of her husband, who has cancer. An account in her name has been set up to help with expenses. The account is called the Christine Wilson-Mueller fund, at Eagle Bank and Trust, at 1052 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Mo. 63122. 

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