A woman struck by a vehicle Wednesday night on Route 30 in West Manchester Township had tried to steal a shopping cart full of groceries, according to state police.

She is expected to survive, according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman. Police had not released her name as of Thursday morning.

The woman walked out of Walmart in the West Manchester Mall with the filled cart, but abandoned it and fled on foot after being approached by a Walmart security guard, according to Hicks.

Walmart personnel contacted township police, who began searching the area for the alleged shoplifter, he said.

An officer spotted her walking along Route 30 and started to walk up to her, at which point she ran onto the highway and was hit by a vehicle about 8:30 p.m., Hicks said.

An officer in a police cruiser who had been helping in the search positioned the cruiser in front of the woman to keep her from being struck again until traffic could be stopped, Hicks said.

Both officers performed CPR on the woman until an ambulance arrived and took her to York Hospital, he said.

Because her name wasn't released, the woman's hospital condition could not be obtained.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.