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Car strikes 14-year-old St. James High student

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© WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair © WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thursday evening, at 4:48 p.m. a car hit an Horry County high school student walking on Highway 707.

Lance Corporal Sonny Collins with the SCHP says the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that lost control and went off the roadway. Lance Cpl. Collins said the pedestrian was walking on the shoulder of the road.

The accident happened at the intersection of SC 707 and Vestry Dr. in Murrells Inlet.

Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Britton tells WMBF News that it was a ninth grade female St. James High student that was struck. She is normally a bus rider, but did not ride the bus home Thursday.

Friday, the student is still in Grand Strand Regional Medical Center seeking treatment for the injuries suffered in the accident just 3.2 miles from the school.

Britton adds that there will be counselors at the school Friday to meet with students for any reason necessary.

Officers were at the scene for more than two hours taking pictures and directing traffic. Two matching shoes were laying in the road along with a pair of headphones, a cup and a piece of metal. Each piece of evidence was circled with chalk. The shoes were laying roughly 50 feet apart from each other.

Marsha Coulson lives next door to the girl and her family.

"It's really upsetting. I called a lot of people in my family and said please put her on the prayer list at your church because they know her," Coulson said.

Pat Troutman lives in the neighborhood that sits directly in front of the accident. She said, Highway 707 is a dangerous road.

"Traffic just flies past. It's very difficult to get in and out of the development. Each and every time I come in or out, I'm always watching my rearview mirror because the traffic just flies," Troutman said.

Jeff Jones lives in the same neighborhood. He said he couldn't believe it happened so close to home.

"Considering it's right in front of our neighborhood and I mean that really hits close to home. I don't know. It's just humbling, you know," Jones said.

The MAIT team will be out Friday to reconstruct the accident. Lance Cpl. Collins said MAIT will focus on determining the speed of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian.

"The person that hit her was a young girl. She was really really upset. I mean, she just- I think she was in shock. She was just sitting on the ground crying," Coulson said.

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