SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Police say an Oregon children's book author who is visually impaired was crossing the street when a drunken driver struck him.
The 70-year-old man, John Dashney, was in critical condition at Salem Hospital after the accident Tuesday a few blocks from his home.
The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/PunrkP ) a 58-year-old Salem woman was arrested on drunken driving and assault charges.
Dashney is president of the Willamette Chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon. A neighbor says he has not lost all vision but uses a white cane.
Dashney's biography describes him as a storyteller who has practiced his craft in seven countries and at more than 700 schools. He has appeared at the Oregon State Fair Author's Table to publicize his books.
Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com