North Augusta pedestrians hurt; motorist charged with DUI

A man has been charged with DUI after two pedestrians were seriously injured in a North Augusta crash this morning.

The male and female pedestrians were admitted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics with incapacitating injuries early this morning, but the injuries are not life-threatening, said North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson.

Police charged Harvey Lee Nichols, 51, of the 300 block of Carriage Lane in North Augusta, with driving under the influence, operating an uninsured vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

Mr. Nichols’ sedan was stopped in an unlit area without lights in the middle of two northbound lanes on Jefferson Davis Highway around 12:19 a.m., Lt. Pearson said. The female pedestrian was sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle and the male was standing in the passenger doorway when the two were struck by another vehicle.

The driver of that vehicle, Ricky Kennedy, 27, of the 500 block of Ellis Street, could not initially see Mr. Nichols' vehicle.

Once Mr. Kennedy did see the vehicle, he slammed on his brakes and swerved into the passenger side striking both pedestrians.

The names of the victims have not yet been released, Lt. Pearson said.

No additional charges are pending.

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