Pedestrian struck by police car
By LOUIE BROGDON The Brunswick News
State patrol officials are trying to identify a middle-aged pedestrian who was hospitalized in the early hours Friday after he was struck by a Glynn County police car on U.S. 341.
According to a Glynn County Police Department statement Friday, the man was walking south on the highway just north of Pyles Marsh Road when Officer Crystal Melendez, 34, struck him with her patrol car.
The man was first taken to Southeast Georgia Health System's hospital in Brunswick and later transferred to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he remained Friday in critical condition.
The man is believed to be between 40 and 50 years old, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. He has sandy blonde hair, brown eyes and multiple tattoos on both arms, according to police.
Glynn County Police Capt. Jim Kelly said Friday that Melendez had not been placed on administrative leave.
To add to the stress of the situation, after police began investigating the incident just after 3 a.m., a driver suspected of being impaired sideswiped a parked police car and careened into a Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by 73-year-old Henry Holton.
No injuries were reported.
The driver, 21-year-old Justin Youles, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions and other traffic charges.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating both incidents, and had not completed its investigation late Friday.
Anyone who can help identify the man who was struck on U.S. 341 is asked to call Georgia State Patrol Trooper K. Zeigler at 262-2380 or Glynn County Police Capt. Jim Kelly at 554-3645.