Too Dark To Walk?

Elkton Pedestrian Hit On Unlit Street

Posted: May 15, 2013

Police say an unlit roadway contributed to an Elkton man being hit by a car in the 100 block of South Eastside Highway on Saturday evening.

Richard Allen Rice, 59, of Elkton, was struck by a 2012 Chevy, driven by a 21-year-old Elkton man, going south on South Eastside Highway about 9 p.m. Rice was crossing the road on his way home from Valley Grocery, according to Elkton Police Chief Kevin Whitfield.

Rice was flown by medical helicopter from the scene to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he is in stable condition, Whitfield said.

The nature of his injuries was not disclosed.

Speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash, police said. The speed limit in that location is 35 mph.

Police said no charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation.

Pedestrians have been struck before in that high-traffic area, which has no streetlights, Whitfield said.

“The lack of visibility with no streetlights probably contributed [to the crash],” he said, adding that multiple witnesses said they didn’t see Rice until he was hit.

Since being taken to U.Va., Rice has been unable to speak, Whitfield said, so police have yet to interview him. 

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