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Reese Witherspoon on the mend after being hit by a car

September 8, 2011 |  8:12 am

Reese Witherspoon hit by a car while jogging

Reese Witherspoon suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car while jogging in Santa Monica, police said Wednesday.

Witherspoon was struck around 11 a.m. in a residential neighborhood. The driver of the car, an 84-year-old woman who'd been traveling about 20 mph, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The actress was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment, police said. She was not seriously injured and by the afternoon was resting comfortably at her Brentwood-area home, her rep said in a statement.

"The driver seemed to have not seen her because of a large tree at the intersection," a witness told Us Weekly, calling the "Legally Blonde" star "lucky, because it could have been much more serious."

Witherspoon, 35, most recently starred in "Water for Elephants" with Robert Pattinson. She won a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance as June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line."

In June, she took home the Generation Award at MTV's Movie Awards, saying to thunderous applause, "I know it's cool to be bad, I get it -- but it's also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show."

Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth in March in Ojai.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Reese Witherspoon in April 2011. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times