A Charleston police officer directing traffic around an accident late Tuesday was injured when he was struck by an SUV.
The officer was hurt about 9:15 p.m. at Folly and Grimball roads. He was taken to Medical University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Charles Francis said.
Francis said the officer was assisting Charleston County sheriff’s deputies who were directing traffic because of an earlier accident. The S.C. Highway Patrol in investigating, he said.
According to a Summerville woman who said she witnessed the accident, the sport utility vehicle appeared to be speeding and the driver ignored the officer’s attempts to slow or stop the vehicle.
Antoinette Weldon said she was driving from Folly Beach to her home, and was waiting to make a turn, when she saw the SUV approaching.
“The officer was trying to tell him to slow down or stop. He was flying so fast, and when he hit the officer it sounded like he hit a vehicle, that’s how hard he hit him,” she said. The SUV stopped at the scene, Francis said, but he would not comment on any possible charges.
Other officers were in the area, and a firetruck and personnel were nearby too. They rushed to the fallen officer, whose name has not been released, but would not let anyone else near.
Traffic on Folly Road was detoured around the incident.
Wade Spees contributed to this report.