Pedestrian vs. Car Prompts Valdosta PD Safety Warning

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 08:10:15-05

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) - Police officers are warning pedestrians and bicyclists about being visible while on the road at night after a pedestrian was hit by a car Tuesday evening.

According to the Valdosta Police Department, around 7:45 p.m. they were called out to South Troupe Street for the accident.

They say a vehicle hit the pedestrian and an investigation uncovered the surrounding area was dark and the pedestrian was wearing dark, non reflective clothing.

Police say there was also a shoulder next to the road where the pedestrian could have walked instead of in the road. The pedestrian was given a citation for walking in the road.

The pedestrian was taken to South Georgia Medical Center for injuries to his head and face.

Police are asking pedestrians and bicyclists to take extra precautions when traveling at night.

"Wear reflective gear to alert drivers of your presence in the area. Make sure to avoid especially dark areas or high traffic areas," said a statement from the department.