17-year-old Aiken trash collector hit while working

Monday, July 8, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

A car struck a City of Aiken sanitation worker on Monday morning. (Source: WRDW)

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Aiken Department of Public Safety is responding after a city trash collector was struck by a car.

The Aiken trash collector hit today on York Street is just 17-years-old. It happened near the intersection of Eastern Place.

News 12 now knows that the teen has serious injuries and is in surgery. He's from Aiken and is a college student working for the summer.

"This road is it's a dangerous road I hate to say it but it really is bad," said Valerie Perry & Ameera Foster, house manager, and her niece.

Shattered glass, a torn up bumper and a teen in the hospital.

"City of Aiken sanitation truck was in the outside lane on York Street traveling in the northbound lane and they were struck by a minivan," said Lt. Jake Mahoney with Aiken Public Safety.

"We're used to the trashcans making noise and that is all we thought it was until we saw all the commotion and he was laying in the road," said Perry and Foster.

Valerie Perry says some of the women in her ministry ran out to try and stop the bleeding. A 17-year-old trash collector was hit by this mini-van.

"I could just see his leg was off," said Perry and Foster.

Investigators say it's unclear if the worker was on the truck or in the road when it happened.

"It's all the time something on this road, I don't know what they are going to do about it, but something needs to be done," said Perry and Foster.

Valerie and her niece sit on the porch almost every day watching the speeding cars drive by.

“It's ridiculous it really is. People, please slow down," said Perry and Foster.

Aiken Public Safety says many people forget York Street is a major highway. This accident marks the third within the last year involving a pedestrian.

"Most of them are walking and they get hit. Innocent, innocent. Some months ago another guy got killed up the road by the waffle house. A girl got killed right here by McKinley Tires," says Perry and Foster.

Law enforcement says they've gotten called to many hit-runs on this road but this time the driver stuck around.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating and will decide if any charges are filed. Aiken's city manager says he's noticed the high volume of accidents out on York Street and is working with SCDOT to see if anything can be done to stop the speeding and reduce the accidents.

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