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Tourist, hurt by tossed trash can, says she would return to Niagara Falls

The tourist from Ohio who suffered a concussion and fractured collarbone when she was struck by a garbage can in Niagara Falls isn't holding a grudge.

She said Thursday that she would come back again.

"It probably won't be this year, but yes, definitely," the 50-year-old Lorain, Ohio, woman told The Buffalo News. "It's a great place to come. It's a fabulous city. We just love going."

Her family made two day trips to Niagara Falls in 2016 and had such good times they entered and won a contest on a radio station in Ohio for a free overnight trip to the Falls.

On Aug. 9, she and her family checked in at the Holiday Inn on Third Street. After walking to see the Falls lit at night and eating at Seneca Niagara Casino, she and her husband and their 13-year-old twins were walking back to the hotel at about 10:30 p.m.

The woman said she saw some people running up the stairs in the Rainbow Boulevard parking ramp but didn't pay much attention.

The woman said she was walking beside her daughter when someone threw the 3 1/2-foot tall blue plastic garbage can containing paper trash from an upper level of the parking ramp. It struck her in the head and shoulder.

She was knocked unconscious.

The News agreed to her request not to be identified because the crime victim fears possible repercussions from whoever hurt her.

The fractured collarbone has left her left arm practically unusable, she said. Her doctor hasn't said when she can return to her job as a service adviser at an auto dealership.

The woman said she doesn't recall the impact because of her head injury.

An emergency medical technician for the New York City Fire Department who was also visiting the city came to aid, wrapping her head until an ambulance arrived.

No arrests have been made. Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto said the incident seems to have occurred just out of range of the parking ramp's security cameras.

He urged anyone with information to call the Police Department at 286-4553.

Pat Proctor, chairman of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board, said tourism leaders have solicited donations of products and services from businesses to show the family a better time if they return to the Falls.

"I'm pleased she's such an ambassador for Niagara Falls," said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destination Niagara USA. "She will certainly have the red carpet rolled out for her and her family. We'll make sure that happens."

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