Pedestrian, distracted while eating, steps in front of car on Kingsport's Lynn Garden Drive

Rain Smith • Oct 22, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Emergency personnel treat a pedestrian struck by a car on Lynn Garden Drive. Photo by David Grace.


A pedestrian, apparently distracted by food and drink he was carrying, stepped in front of a car on Kingsport's Lynn Garden Drive Wednesday afternoon.

Lawrence Ferguson, 56, 612 Broad St., Kingsport, suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by Dorothy S. Lawson, 68, Route 7, Gate City. Lawson was wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries in the crash.

Charges are pending against Ferguson — police say he could face a charge of illegally crossing the street for stepping in front of Lawson’s car.

The incident occurred about 2:40 p.m. on Lynn Garden Drive, beneath the West Stone Drive underpass. According to Kingsport Police Department Officer Dale Farmer, the Camry was traveling south between 30 to 35 mph when Ferguson stepped in front of Lawson’s car from the right.

Farmer said Lawson attempted to stop her car, but it was too late. The pedestrian was struck, breaking the car’s windshield before falling back onto the street.

Police believe Ferguson was distracted when he stepped in front of the car.

“Based on witness information the pedestrian was most likely eating some type of food,” Farmer said. “We did find some fresh food here at the scene. Also he was carrying a large two liter drink.”

Compounding circumstances, the pedestrian was hit in an area where cars are moving from bright sun to shadows of the underpass. He was also wearing dark-colored clothes.

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