NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A pedestrian was hit and killed along Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach late Friday night, according to the spokesman for the city. That person has been identified as 45-year-old Isaac Gene Hodge, who is believed to be homeless.
Witnesses stated that at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Hodge attempted to cross the highway while two vehicles were traveling southbound, said spokesman Pat Dowling in a press release. One vehicle was in lane two and the other was in lane one. The vehicle in lane two slowed down when the driver saw the pedestrian in the road. But the vehicle in lane one continued southbound.
According to the driver of the vehicle in lane one, he saw Hodge crossing the road at the last minute and started braking. But it was too late. That driver hit Hodge with his 2002 Chevy Tahoe. The press release from Dowling states that other witnesses described seeing the pedestrian "catapulted into the air before slamming back onto the ground in the median by 21st Avenue South on Highway 17".
A witness stopped to check on Hodge but did not find a pulse. When police officers arrived, they started CPR. Fire rescue crews and EMS personnel transported him to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
SC MAIT is now involved in the investigation.