A 23-year-old USC student has been charged with felony drunken driving and doing great bodily injury following a 5 a.m. accident Wednesday on Assembly Street one block south of Blossom Street.
A worker directing traffic at a construction site on the 700 block of Assembly Street was hit by the car driven by Natalie Nicole Jacobson, of Hampton, the police report said. A passenger in the car at the time of the accident, 24-year-old former USC student, William Reed Pimental, of Columbia, was charged with public drunkenness and giving false information to police.
The unnamed construction worker sustained severe head injuries and was listed in stable condition at Palmetto Health Richland hospital Thursday night, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
Jacobson, witnesses said, drove over traffic caution cones before hitting the construction worker. She was arrested on the scene and was being held Thursday night at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Pimental was arrested near the accident scene. He was seen walking away from the accident. According to the arrest report, an officer smelled alcohol on Pimental's breath when he approached him to ask about the accident. Pimental told the officer he happened to be in the area and was there to check on his friend. Witnesses, however, told officers that Pimental was seen leaving the car after the accident.
The student directory shows Jacobson as a current media arts student at the University of South Carolina. Pimental is not listed as a current student but was on a previous year Presidents Honor Roll and Deans List.