Pedestrian Hit, Badly Injured in Rush Hour Accident

Lawrenceville Highway was closed to all traffic for at least two hours.

A 20-year-old man crossing Lawrenceville Highway at Main Street in Tucker was struck by a car and severely injured during Friday's evening rush hour. 

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center where he is being treated for serious injuries. His present condition is unclear.

The driver of a green Honda Accord station wagon was being questioned by Special Operations police officers at the scene. The middle-aged man, who was shirtless, would not answer questions from Tucker Patch.

A witness said the driver took off his shirt to help stop the victim's bleeding. Another witness told Patch that the young man who was hit is an employee of Roly Poly and that he was on a break from work.

Police are trying to determine whether the driver or the pedestrian had the right of way at the time of the accident.

Lawrenceville Highway was shut down by police at the junction with Main Street and Idlewood Road for more than two hours. Rush hour traffic was diverted through various side streets.

Philip bennett September 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The signals at that intersection do not function and there are no cameras there. I had thought the issue would have been addressed when they were repainting the crosswalk but apparently not and now someone is seriously injured. As a community we should push to make sure not just this signal but all others properly function.
Kevin Madigan September 25, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Update today on Twitter from Roly Poly: "Thank you to everyone for your prayers and good wishes. As of yesterday, we are grateful to know that Eli’s injuries are no longer life-threatening, that he does not appear to have serious brain injury, and that he does appear to have full function above his waist. The rest is wait and see. He is in for a long road of recovery, and your prayers will continue to be welcome and necessary in the coming days and weeks."
Anita September 25, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Thanks for the update, Kevin! I passed the scene just minutes after it happened. So glad to hear the positive report so far. Hoping & Praying for a miraculous, full recovery! I cross there on my walks to town and am sad to report how unpredictable the crossing lights are. I've waited through a few cycles of lights w/ no luck in giving me a walking signal. Been wanting to call someone and report it, but didn't know where to start...
Kevin Madigan October 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Start with me, Anita!
Debbie Gathmann December 31, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Another scary place is at Main Street and LaVista. The high school kids cross randomly and the cars go by fast! We cross our children from Kingfisher there sometimes and frequently wait through several light changes to ever get a crosswalk sign. The high schoolers often don't even bother.


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