A Darlington County, S.C. deputy suffered serious injuries after the vehicle she was in was run off the road and into a hardware store.
According to law enforcement reports, at approximately 6:30 pm, the deputy, who had been dispatched to an incident, was driving her cruiser on North 5th Street, also referred to as US 15 Business, just outside of Hartsville. Another vehicle, who witnesses say was driving out of the IGA parking lot, drove into the lane the deputy was driving in, causing her to swerve her car off the road and into Byrd's Hardware Store.
The cruiser crashed into the front corner of the building, causing substantial damage to the vehicle.
The second vehicle, which was described as a 4-door Ford Taurus, took off after seeing the cruiser crash into the store. Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle. They are hoping that video from the supermarket will help them identify the car and driver.
The deputy suffered a skull fracture in the crash. She also suffered from a broken leg, which will require surgery to repair. Although she is suffering from very serious injuries, the accident could have been worse – if not fatal. A metal pole, which went through the windshield of the cruiser, just missed the victim.
In South Carolina, just like in every other state, it is against the law to leave the scene of an accident you have been involved in. Depending on how serious the injuries of the victim or victims are, a driver who is convicted of a hit-and-run accident can be convicted of either a misdemeanor (facing up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5000) or a felony (facing up to 10 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine).
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, contact an experienced Carolina personal injury attorney. Even if the driver has not been caught, you may still qualify for compensation under your own car insurance policy.