Injured officer better


A Charleston police officer hit by an SUV late Tuesday while directing traffic is making an amazing recovery, the officer’s supervisor said.

James Foster, 40, a 15-year law enforcement officer who joined Charleston police late last year, was struck by a 2006 Kia sport utility vehicle at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday on Folly Road.

He suffered a skull fracture and other injuries but is listed in good condition. Foster was moved Wednesday from intensive care at Medical University Hospital to a private room, his supervisor, Charleston police Lt. Rusty Myers said.

Foster is a uniformed patrolman who works mainly on James Island. Foster is married and has two small children, and came to Charleston after serving county law enforcement agencies in Cherokee and Spartanburg counties, Myers said.

Cpl. Sonny Collins, a spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol, said Foster was hit by a Kia that was heading south on Folly Road. Foster had been directing traffic around a crash scene while wearing a reflective vest and using a flashlight, when hit, Collins said.

The driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Garrett Gledhill of James Island, hasn’t been charged in the accident because it’s still under investigation, Collins said.

Witnesses have told The Post and Courier that the SUV’s driver didn’t heed the officer’s warning to slow down.

Myers said Foster was knocked about 50 feet through the air by the impact. In addition to the head injury, he hurt his knee and wrist and was bruised everywhere, “except where he was wearing his bullet-proof vest.”

“How he didn’t have more broken bones is in the hands of God,” Myers said.

Myers said he visited Foster on Wednesday, and Foster was in good spirits, considering what he’s been through. He is expected to make a full recovery.

“He’s doing good, it’s absolutely amazing,” he said.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said Foster has been with the department since September 2011.

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