Pedestrian struck by vehicle

| January 27, 2016


VALDOSTA – A pedestrian was struck and injured by a car Tuesday night, and police are urging the public to take precautions and be mindful on the road after dark.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., the Valdosta Police Department responded to a traffic accident in the 200 block of South Troup Street involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, said VPD Capt. Kari Williams.

“The pedestrian received minor injuries to his head and face and was transported to South Georgia Medical Center by EMS,” Williams said.

An investigation into the incident determined the driver was travelling southbound, and the pedestrian was also walking southbound when he was struck. The driver called 911, Williams said.

“The investigation revealed that the area in which this accident occurred was a very dark part of the street, and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and nothing┬áreflective to alert any driver of his presence in the roadway,” Williams said.

The pedestrian was cited for walking in the roadway where a shoulder is provided. The driver did not sustain any injuries.

“Pedestrians and bicyclists must take precaution when traveling at night,” Williams said. “Wear reflective gear to alert drivers of your presence in the area. Make sure to avoid especially dark areas or high traffic areas.”

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