NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) One man is dead after reports and witness accounts say he stepped into oncoming traffic in North Myrtle Beach over the weekend.
An incident report for the Department of Public Safety in North Myrtle Beach says the 18-year-old driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Pickup called police shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday night to report he had struck a pedestrian with his vehicle.
The teen was driving northbound on Highway 17 in North Myrtle Beach when a man, identified as 65-year-old Larry Eugene Sadler of Little River, attempted to cross the highway heading est toward the beach. The teen driver tried to avoid him but was surrounded by other cars and could not.
Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard says Sadler died on the scene.
This accident marks the 49th pedestrian fatality on South Carolina roads this year. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the high number of pedestrian deaths is alarming, and they're trying to inform people on the right way to walk on dangerous roads.
"If you're wearing the brightest color, which is white, you're only visible for 180 feet in front of headlights," said L. Cpl. Sonny Collins with the Highway Patrol. "The best thing to do is wear reflective clothing. You'll be visible for 500 feet, which is plenty of time for a car to avoid you."
According to the report, several witnesses to the collision told police that the driver was not at fault.