A 16-year-old Seabrook girl and a dog were hit by a vehicle on Trask Parkway on Wednesday night, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said the teen was in the roadway when she and the dog were struck by a 2003 Toyota car heading north.
The girl was conscious and able to talk to first responders, according to the report. She had “serious” injuries to her face, head and left arm but they were not believed to be life-threatening. She was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and then to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston by helicopter.
An email from the girl’s step-mother said that the girl was trying to save the family’s 7-month-old dog, which had darted out of the house and onto the road.
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The 62-year-old Beaufort man driving the vehicle does not face any citations or charges, Southern said.
The driver was not hurt, but his vehicle did have “heavy front-end damage,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Firefighters found both the girl and the dog lying in the roadway just before 7 p.m., according to a news release from the Burton Fire District.
The accident happened near Detour Road and Garrett Small Road and slowed traffic on Trask Parkway for about 45 minutes.
For the Burton Fire District, the accident was the third involving a vehicle and the second involving a pedestrian since Sunday.
Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the fire district reported that a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle at Savannah Highway and Dogwood Street in Port Royal; the injured cyclist was transported to a local hospital.
Around 8 a.m. Sunday, the district responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Trask Parkway and Laurel Bay Road. The injuries in that accident were reported to be minor.
“If you’re going to walk in the hours of darkness, reflective materials are not required but they’re strongly suggested,” Southern said, advising any residents who may be out at night to take precautions.