Monday, September 22, 2014

Pedestrian and bicyclist injured in downtown hit-and-runs

Two non-motorists hit on King Street over the weekend

Posted by Paul Bowers on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

In two separate hit-and-run incidents this weekend, motorists hit a bicyclist and a pedestrian and kept on driving.

On Friday at 11:35 p.m., a Charleston Police Department officer responded to a call from the intersection of King and Simons streets, where a 44-year-old woman from West Ashley had been hit by a vehicle while trying to cross the road. According to an incident report, EMS took her to the hospital "due to the severity of her injuries," and police investigators arrived on the scene to investigate the incident. Witnesses said a dark car had struck her as she was walking; one of the witnesses said he was crossing the road with her at the time she was hit.

On Sunday at 12:02 a.m. an officer on patrol saw a 47-year-old man lying down at the corner of Broad and King streets. The man told the officer that he had just been hit by a car and he thought his ankle was broken. As EMS drove to the scene, the man said he was riding his mountain bike "in lane 2 of 3" on Broad Street when a white sedan made a right turn from Broad Street onto King Street in front of him. The man says the rear passenger-side panel of the car hit him and caused him to fall over, and the driver fled the scene. EMS workers diagnosed the man with a broken ankle and took him to the hospital.

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