Beaufort News

Driver ticketed after hitting 2 pedestrians in Beaufort

The driver of a pickup that hit a Lady's Island couple as they crossed Carteret Street on Saturday has been cited in the accident, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Marvin Jones, 88, of Beaufort was ticketed Monday for failing to yield right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, police Chief Matt Clancy said in an e-mail.

Katherine Ham, 63, and her husband, Michael, 67, were crossing Carteret Street near the intersection of Port Republic Street at about 7:25 p.m. when they were struck by a white Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jones, according to Clancy.

Both were taken by EMS to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Clancy said.

Michael Ham was transferred to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and was listed in critical condition on Monday afternoon, an MUSC spokeswoman said.

Details on Katherine Ham's condition were not available Monday. Clancy could not provide information on the extent or severity of the couple's injuries.

The couple had just started to cross Carteret at the crosswalk near Wren Bistro when they were struck, according to Dan Mullarkey, who said he saw the crash from nearby City Java & News.

Michael Ham tried to push his wife out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, Mullarkey said.

Within seconds, the pickup's driver, nearby motorists and diners at Wren came to the couple's aid, he said.

A man who answered the phone at the Hams' Lady's Island residence and identified himself as the couple's son declined to comment Monday.