Runner in critical condition in Lexington’s 3rd pedestrian accident since Sunday

Police are working a collision involving a pedestrian on Sunset Boulevard Wednesday morning.
Police are working a collision involving a pedestrian on Sunset Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Lexington police are investigating a collision involving a pedestrian that shut down part of Sunset Boulevard Wednesday morning.

The collision happened around 5:45 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and North Lake Drive, according to Cpl. Cameron Mortenson, a Lexington police spokesman. The victim, identified by friends as John Flanagan, was transported to Palmetto Health Richland.

Details about the collision are limited, but Mortenson said the victim was in the roadway when he was hit. Traffic safety officers are still investigating. An outbound lane of Sunset was closed but has reopened.

Flanagan was part of a group of people out on a run at the time, according to a Twitter post by F3 Lexington. “We need prayers for our brother who was hit by a car this a.m. while running,” the post reads.

While acknowledging that the details about the accident are not available to them, the group issued a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that Flanagan is an experienced runner who was familiar with the route.

“..he was wearing a headlamp, a reflective safety vest, and blinking lights for visibility,” F3 Lexington said.

Flanagan is in critical condition, the group said.

The Lexington group is part of a larger F3 Nation, which consists of local groups around the country that participate in boot camp-style workouts. “F3” refers to the three pillars of the group – fitness, fellowship and faith, according to the national group’s website.

This was the second crash involving a pedestrian in Lexington County in less than 12 hours and the third since Sunday. Late Tuesday, a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a van on U.S. 178 near Batesburg-Leesville. Troopers said no charges will be filed in that incident.

Troopers are still searching for the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on Westwood Drive early Sunday.

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