West Ashley pedestrian dies after being struck by car

A pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle Tuesday night in West Ashley has died. The crash occurred about 8 p.m. on Ashley River Road near Magnolia Road.

A pedestrian died Tuesday night after being struck by a car on Ashley River Road in West Ashley, according to police.

The incident occurred about 8 p.m. in front of Rite Aid, just past where Ashley River Road and Magnolia Road split, according to Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

Police cordoned off the Rite Aid parking lot with police tape and closed part of Ashley River Road to traffic. A dark SUV was parked in the middle of the street with its lights and engine turned off, and a pair of shoes could be seen in the street.

A witness who tried to help after the crash said the SUV struck the pedestrian and the driver appeared very shaken up.

"She said he ran right in front of her, (she) never saw him," said 56-year-old James Jones, of West Ashley. "The woman was crying, she was horribly upset."

Jones added that it was very dark where the crash occurred. He described the victim as a male in his 60s, but didn't know his name.

"He was gasping for air and he wasn't breathing," he said, adding that he tried to help as best he could. "I just kept my hand on his chest and started to talk to him, saying, 'Breathe, man, breathe.' "

But his efforts didn't appear to be working and he described feeling helpless because he didn't know CPR.

About a minute later, another vehicle stopped and a woman in scrubs began CPR until rescue officials and police responded. She also didn't detect a pulse, Jones said, but kept rendering aid.

"It was amazing that she was there," he said.

Francis said no charges were filed against the driver, whose identity also was not released, and that police continued to investigate what happened Tuesday night. No other information about the crash was released.

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