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Syracuse teen hit by car had been startled by woodchuck

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— Police say a woodchuck is to blame for the crash that left a central New York teenager hospitalized.

Syracuse police tell The Post-Standard that 18-year-old Phillip Lloyd was walking on a grass path along a road on the afternoon of July 11 when he was startled by the animal and went into the road to avoid it.

Officers say the teen was then hit by a vehicle.

Lloyd was originally listed in critical condition at a Syracuse hospital, but has been upgraded to fair condition.

The driver wasn't ticketed.

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