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Truck hits pedestrian on U.S. 23 in Scott

May 2nd, 2014 11:39 pm by Wes Bunch

Truck hits pedestrian on U.S. 23 in Scott

WEBER CITY — A Southwest Virginia man was seriously injured this week after being struck by a vehicle while crossing U.S. Route 23 in Scott County.

According to the Virginia State Police, the incident occurred at about 6:18 p.m. Wednesday on Route 23, roughly a mile south of State Route 727.

The man struck by the vehicle was identified by VSP as Robert Graham, 37, of Duffield. Graham was reportedly transported to Holston Valley Medical Center with serious injuries, including several broken bones and cuts and contusions to the back of his head.

Graham was reportedly still in intensive care Friday.

Police said Graham was struck when he stepped in front of a Mazda pickup truck that was headed southbound on Route 23.

The truck, which was driven by Jerome W. Davidson, 64, of Kingsport, was following the posted 45 mph speed limit when the impact occurred.

The impact reportedly caused Graham to go through the front windshield of the truck before he was thrown back onto the median.

Police said Davidson could not have avoided the impact and pulled over immediately after striking Graham.

Graham was reportedly crossing the highway after his vehicle broke down near the Marathon gas station in the Moccasin Gap area between Weber City and Gate City.

Graham had reportedly crossed the roadway several times in attempts to get assistance with his vehicle.

At one point, police said dispatch received reports of a man running back and forth across the highway. One caller reportedly told dispatchers they were afraid the man would be struck by a car if he continued running across both lanes of traffic.

A VSP spokeswoman said no charges were filed in the accident.

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