A 67-year-old woman was injured Wednesday morning after she was struck by a vehicle while walking down a North Myrtle Beach street.
Officers were called about 7 a.m. to the scene of an apparent hit-and-run in the area of Duffy Street and 30th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach, according to a police report.
Police found the woman on the ground in a yard on Duffy Street. She told officers she was walking northbound next to the roadway when she was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle.
Authorities believe the driver kept going northbound after striking her, and police noted there was nothing at the scene to help identify the vehicle. Officers also believe the vehicle sits low to the ground based on the victim’s injuries, and authorities also think the vehicle has damage on its passenger side near the headlight and side mirror based on broken glass and debris left at the scene, the report states.
A witness at the scene said she saw the victim walking down Duffy Street and then saw a small car/ SUV hit the victim and continue northbound after the crash. The witness stopped and called 911.
The victim was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center by EMS for treatment, and the incident remains under investigation, police said.
“Accidents happen, but it’s insane someone just left her there,” said Ryan Eleuteri, who is the son of the woman injured.
He said his mom, who is a mother of four, was out for her daily 8-10 mile walk along the beach when she was injured in the crash. She was making the trek back from the beach down Duffy Street when the vehicle swurved off the road, hitting her, and breaking about four of her bones in the process, he said.
“Fortunately, there were some bystanders close by that were able to get to her,” said Eleuteri, who said his mother underwent a three-hour surgery following the incident. She’s in stable condition, but still recovering.
“She’s a tough cookie,” Eleuteri said.
He said the family appreciates all the support they’ve received from the community since the crash and asks that anyone with information on the incident contact police.