Motorist in Aiken fatality charged with 'careless driving"

A man who drove his vehicle onto an Aiken sidewalk March 30, killing one pedestrian and injuring another, has been charged with careless driving.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety issued a statement Friday announcing the charge against Thomas Woodruff Jr., of Aiken. The incident resulted in the death of Lukisha Thomas and critically injured Ray Wooden Jr., both of Aiken.

Woodruff was the driver of a 2006 Jeep Cherokee traveling north on York Street NE, which left the roadway, and struck Thomas and Wooden as they were walking south on the sidewalk, according to police.

During an investigation, Aiken officers conducted a technical reconstruction of the collision. They were able to rule out alcohol and/or drug impairment of Woodruff. They also ruled out excessive speed and found no indication that the use of a cellular phone or texting played a part in the collision, according to a statement.

After reviewing the available evidence in the case, and consultation with the Aiken County Solicitor’s Office and the city solicitor, it was determined that the charge of careless driving was the “most appropriate charge currently available under state and local laws,” police said.

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