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A runner was hit and killed in Lexington. She and the driver were at fault, troopers say

Runners create a tree with soles in memory of Dianne Wells

Over 100 runners created a memorial near Lexington High School for Dianne Sullivan Wells, 36, who was fatally struck while crossing U.S. 1 near Lexington High School around 5 a.m.
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Over 100 runners created a memorial near Lexington High School for Dianne Sullivan Wells, 36, who was fatally struck while crossing U.S. 1 near Lexington High School around 5 a.m.

Nearly two months after a Lexington woman was hit and killed while running with her fitness group, troopers say both she and the driver who hit her were at fault.

Dianne Wells, 36, died Dec. 18 after being hit by a vehicle while crossing U.S. 1 near Lexington High School, troopers have said. She was running with her fitness group, Females in Action, at the time.

An investigation determined that the driver of the pickup that hit Wells disregarded a traffic signal, and that Wells did not have the right of way when she entered the crosswalk, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the Highway Patrol. The driver was cited for disregarding a traffic signal, which is a four-point offense and carries a $237 ticket, Jones said.

The Lexington chapter of Females in Action said in a Twitter post shortly after the deadly incident that Wells, whose nickname in the group was Digits, was wearing reflective clothing and lights, and that the route they were running was a familiar one.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.
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