Aiken pedestrian struck, dies

Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:40 PM
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An Aiken pedestrian struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon died later at the hospital.

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According to a report from Coroner Tim Carlton, Lukisha Nicole Thomas, 29, was walking with her 2-year-old son and Ray Charles Wooden Jr. on the sidewalk in the 800 block of York Street, when a Jeep Cherokee driven by Thomas Woodruff Jr., also of Aiken, left the roadway and struck them.

The injured were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where Thomas died. Wooden was in surgery Saturday night, Carlton said. The child was evaluated and released from Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

The accident remains under investigation by the coroner and the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/30/13 - 06:09 pm
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Aiken Accident

My thoughts, good wishes and prayers go out to the victims and their families - may they be OK and will be able to celebrate Easter at home with their loved ones.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/30/13 - 06:52 pm
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Why did they not go to a SC

Why did they not go to a SC hospital?

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 03/30/13 - 10:39 pm
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Because MCG is a trauma
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Because MCG is a trauma hospital and are set up for things like that. The other hospitals are not set up for body trauma. All trauma patients go to MCG.

KSL
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KSL 03/30/13 - 11:05 pm
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Because the government

Because the government allows only a certain number of trauma centers in an area. Aiken is not allowed to have one because of its closeness to MCG. Thank your government for those rules. Every single patient injured like that for years in Aiken has been transported to MCG. The helicopter used to pick them up at USCA. Now the hospital has its own landing pad.

KSL
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KSL 03/30/13 - 11:13 pm
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The other closest unit is in

The other closest unit is in Columbia, SC, 60 miles from Aiken.

KSL
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KSL 03/30/13 - 11:23 pm
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Get a taste of Obamacare. In

Get a taste of Obamacare. In fairness, this trauma care thing has been going on for years. But it does portend the future of medical care. They practiced with this.

KSL
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KSL 03/30/13 - 11:29 pm
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quote from my husband

That loud a.. helicopter still flies over our house, "like it doesn't have a muffler." I don't hear it as much since we got new windows from Enlow.

KSL
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KSL 03/30/13 - 11:40 pm
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The 800 block of York Street

The 800 block of York Street had got to be US 1 heading north. York St does not go that far southerly. Aiken is on a grid, as laid out by a railroad person in the 1834, map drawn in 1833.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/30/13 - 11:56 pm
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KSL

In all fairness, if every city the size of Aiken had a level 1 trauma center, costs would be through the roof; plus, you would have a severe shortage of people qualified to staff them. Level 1 trauma is very specialized in both equipment and training.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/13 - 01:13 am
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itsanotherday1

I agree totally. and totally understand. I also have total respect for the first order response at Aiken Regional including problems that might be due to unusual exposures at SRS. Aiken Regional has it covered in the emergency department. But I have long understood why serious trauma patients were transported to MCG.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/13 - 01:19 am
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The red thumb guy gave me a

The red thumb guy gave me a downer for explaining the street layout in Aiken. Thank you for the point. I am so laughing at you.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/13 - 01:24 am
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itsanotherday1

But I still think it is the the beginning of Obamacare. How far do some people in Canada have to travel for a MRI?

curly123053
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curly123053 03/31/13 - 06:46 am
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Sad!

When I first started working EMS ARMC-ER was a designated Level 2 trauma center, while MCG was and still is a Level 1 trauma center. This was in the early to mid 1990's. A Level 1 trauma center is required to have a doctor of almost every specialty physically in the facility at all times. A Level 2 or 3 trauma center is required to have a doctor of almost every specialty on standby who can respond to the ER in less than an hour. By the time I retired from EMS in Aiken the hospital there decided they did not want to be considered as a designated trauma center. From that point on we were mandated to transport all critical trauma patients to MCG. This poor lady obviously had very critical injuries that needed the services of a level 1 trauma center. By the way, the approximate location of this accident on York Street is near the SC Vocational Rehab building near the Popeyes.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/31/13 - 07:56 am
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KSL, That noisy medicopter
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KSL, That noisy medicopter flies over my house occasionally, too. I do wish people would stop having traumas...or at least they could take a longer route around me. My new Andersen windows don't seem to help.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/31/13 - 07:59 am
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God bless
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Ms. Thomas's soul.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 03/31/13 - 10:26 am
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Perhaps if you were to close

Perhaps if you were to close them.....(eyeroll)

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/13 - 10:53 am
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Pray Tell 1008

that if the time ever comes to save your life, I hope their noise don't offend you too much. "or at least they could take a longer route around me." Maybe they should take a longer route TO you.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/31/13 - 11:59 am
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Sorry you missed the sarcasm,
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Sorry you missed the sarcasm, Colbalt. Perhaps you missed the target of my taunt.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/31/13 - 12:04 pm
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ACCIDENT
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My condolences to he poor victims family. Walking on the sidewalk and being struck by a vehicle is just bad luck anyway you cut it. The poor child could have easily been killed as well and thankfully it didn't happen. One has to wonder why the driver went careening off the road in the first place. Medical emergency? Texting? Drunk? Either way the poor lady is dead and ger family is in mourning due to a terrible accident.

KSL
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KSL 03/31/13 - 12:41 pm
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Look guys, it was an

Look guys, it was an observation, not a complaint.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/31/13 - 02:13 pm
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Aiken Accident

My sincerest sympathy to the family - what a tragic day for them.
May God give them the strength to carry through and then on.

PS: I hope and feel sort of sure that some of the remarks that were posted were made prior to the announcement of the death of this poor soul. Folks in the CSRA are tender hearted and care a whole lot!

Tots
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Tots 03/31/13 - 02:18 pm
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WHAT?

According to a report from Coroner Tim Carlton, Lukisha Nicole Thomas, 29, was walking with her 2-year-old son and Ray Charles Wooden Jr. on the sidewalk in the 800 block of York Street, when a Jeep Cherokee driven by Thomas Woodruff Jr., also of Aiken, left the roadway and struck them.

The injured were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where Thomas died.

Tots says- So did the driver of the Jeep die,Thomas Woodruff JR as was written above? Or Did the poor lady walking her child die as some are saying/commenting above?

Tots
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Tots 03/31/13 - 02:20 pm
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Love and Prayers,

all above,may God be with all of them.....

curly123053
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curly123053 03/31/13 - 02:34 pm
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Praying For The Family

The lady and man walking the child were both hit. The lady died and the man was seriously hurt.

MD2013
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MD2013 03/31/13 - 04:27 pm
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It's not rocket science

MCG has the top trauma center within 200 miles of the accident. It's a no brainer that critically injured patients in SC need to fly to Augusta to receive treatment. I feel for the family and the friends of the victim and for the physicians, nurses, and staff that worked hard to try and save her.

Newsflash
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Newsflash 04/02/13 - 03:58 pm
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We don’t believe alcohol or drugs ......

We don’t believe alcohol or drugs were an influencing factor in terms of the operator of the vehicle,”Lt. Karl Odenthal said.Who is we ?

Has Austin mentioned this on the air ? Is this standard practice ? If the driver took a blood alcohol test after this fatality would they know if alcohol or drugs were an influencing factor in terms of the operator of the vehicle. Is this the attorney from Aiken ? Very little information regarding this tragic event. Been travelling this street 50 years and have managed to stay in the street and off the heavily walked sidewalk. Curious if anyone has an opinion. Just doesn't smell right ?

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