Officer struck by SUV on Hwy 78, hospitalized

A Summerville officer was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 78 this morning.

A Summerville officer was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 78 this morning. The driver of that vehicle has been charged.

Officer Jason Workman, 34, was assisting a disabled motorist on Highway 78 at Cedar Street when a black Ford Expedition struck him about 6:45 a.m., South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said.

Workman was crossing the street when the SUV, which was headed east on the roadway, struck him, Summerville police Capt. Jon Rogers said.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. The SUV’s driver David Hilleshiem, 45, was cited under the state’s “Emergency Scenes” law, also known as the “Move Over” law, Beres said.

The law requires driver’s to keep their vehicle under control, proceed with caution, reduce speed, and yield the right of way by changing lanes away from the officer, according to Beres.

Hilleshiem is subject to a $300-$500 fine.

Workman was transported to Medical University Hospital for treatment of injuries he received during the incident.

The status of Workman’s injuries are not yet known.

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