Pedestrian seriously injured when struck by Richland County sheriff patrol car


A pedestrian was seriously injured and hospitalized on the Fourth of July after being struck by a 2018 Ford Taurus.

The pedestrian was walking near the 8200 block of Two Notch Road around 10:04 p.m. when they were struck by the vehicle, a Richland County Sheriff’s Department patrol car, according to the sheriff’s department. Sgt. Timothy Dial, who has worked for the sheriff’s department since April 2001, was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

There is dash cam footage of the incident, but it will not be released until the investigation is over, according to sheriff’s department spokesperson Cynthia Roldan. Dial will continue working while the incident is under investigation, Roldan said.

The victim was taken to Prisma Health’s Richland campus, said David Jones, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident. Richland sheriff’s department is also conducting an internal investigation.

Isabella Cueto is a bilingual multimedia journalist covering Lexington County, one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina. She previously worked as a reporter for the Medill Justice Project and WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied journalism and theatre arts.