A Greenville, North Carolina (N.C.) woman that was dressed in running clothes was injured after she was struck by a car traveling on Forlines Road. The accident occurred during a heavy rainfall on Friday evening according to the State Highway Patrol. As the incident is still under investigation, it is not known if driver visibility played a role.
The jogger’s name is not available at this time, but she is currently being treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with her injuries listed as unknown. The pedestrian was struck around 7:30p.m. and the victim was injured near some mobile homes in a remotely populated section of Forlines Road, which is reported as being approximately one quarter-mile from the intersection with Frog Level Road.
NC State Trooper Ziemba who was on the scene said that the driver of a Chrysler traveling east on Forlines reported the woman was on the eastbound shoulder. The vehicle struck the woman on the road. Trooper Ziemba said little is known at this point why the victim was on the shoulder of the road during the rain. The woman was not identifiable by locals at the scene who lived in the mobile homes next to where the accident happened. The Red Oak Fire Department and Winterville EMS Unit also responded to the scene.
Runners and joggers need to be aware many potential causes for injuries. Injuries can stem from tripping on a crack in the sidewalk while jogging to being hit by a car. Very serious injuries can come from very small things, like misstepping.
- Shoes tied. Properly dressed. No headphones, if at all possible.
- Never assume you won't get hit while jogging just because you have right-of-way.
- Never assume a driver can see you until you've made eye contact. (If they look at you very defiantly, think twice about going into the intersection.)
- Let everyone know you are paying attention to your surroundings.
- Look where you are going.