Columbia police charge injured pedestrian with illegal road walking

jmonk@thestate.comNovember 4, 2013 

— A Columbia pedestrian faces misdemeanor charges after being struck by a car over the weekend, city police said Monday.

“The pedestrian was not in the designated crosswalk and in an unlit portion of the roadway,” city police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.

Timmons identified the pedestrian as Charlene Taylor, 47.

Taylor was reported in Palmetto Health Richland hospital in stable condition.

The incident happened in the 2500 block of Millwood Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday.

The driver tried to swerve to avoid striking the pedestrian, however, he did strike her with the front of his vehicle before running off of the road where he struck a tree,” Timmons said.

The driver suffered minor cuts but declined medical treatment.

The “Crossing Outside of a Crosswalk” state law that Timmons cited reads in part, “Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.”

The section of Millwood Avenue in which the pedestrian was struck is between Woodrow and Gervais streets. Although a four-lane highway, it is bordered on each side by residential neighborhoods and pedestrians are often seen crossing it on foot, sometimes standing in the middle of the road waiting for traffic to clear.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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