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Retired nun killed by vehicle in North Charleston

Pedestrian deaths in automobile crashes are a fatal and pervasive presence on the roads in this nation and in South Carolina. In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed and another 69,000 were injured in crashes in the United States. This translated into a pedestrian fatality every two hours and an injury every eight minutes. In South Carolina, 113 pedestrians were killed in 2011 and 123 were killed in 2012.

A 71-year-old retired nun was killed on Dorchester Road in North Charleston when a Buick LaSabre slammed into her as she was reportedly standing on the road near a CVS pharmacy at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 30. Rescuers took the woman from a grassy area near the pharmacy to a local hospital where doctors tried to save her life. She died within hours after the crash.

The victim was a nun for 25 years before moving to South Carolina. She was carrying rosary beads when she was struck by the vehicle.

The LaSabre's driver is a 25-year-old from Peppercorn Lane. The North Charleston Police Department said that he faces charges of being a habitual traffic offender and driving under suspension more than three times. He may face more charges after the police conclude their investigation of this fatal crash. He was being held in the local in lieu of $50,000 bail. He has previous convictions which include driving under suspension, possession of a firearm and drug possession. In August 2013, he was jailed on a bench warrant because he did not show up for a traffic court hearing.

Pedestrians struck by a reckless, negligent or impaired driver may be entitled to compensation for injuries and losses suffered in these crashes. Families of a person killed in a pedestrian accident may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death action. Prompt advice should be sought after a victim is hit by a car to assure that rights are protected, evidence is obtained and filing deadlines are met.

Source: The Post and Courier, "Pedestrian killed on Dorchester Road identified as 71-year-old retired nun," Andrew Knapp, Dec. 31, 2013

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