Two Rock Hill pedestrians recovering after being hit by SUV

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comAugust 2, 2013 

Andy Hook is sore, his foot is cut, and his back and bottom have pieces of skin missing. His girlfriend, Jeanne Dailey, has burns on her legs and staples in her head. She was just beginning to remember her name Friday.

On Thursday night, the couple were hit by a driver who swerved into the opposite lane and barreled onto the sidewalk as they walked down East Main Street, according to police.

The driver, whom police identified as 36-year-old Marcus Scott Evans of 1155 Glenarden Lane, kept going, although Dailey was “bumped” out of the way and Hook said he was thrown at least eight feet.

“He needs to realize there are kids walking around these streets all the time,” Hook said. “He could easily take someone’s life.”

A witness told police that about 9:50 p.m., he was walking down the street when he saw a burgundy sport utility vehicle drive past him and then into the opposite lane. The car barreled onto the sidewalk and ran into two people, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The driver kept going toward Elizabeth Avenue. The two pedestrians, Hook, 30, and Dailey, 22 – on their way back from a trip to the store – hit the ground.

The last thing Hook remembers is a car hitting him from behind. He and Dailey were walking against traffic, and few cars were on the road. He said Evans’ car crossed into the oncoming traffic lane and hit the two as they walked around a puddle of water. He said they both lost consciousness.

When he awoke, Hook said, a witness instructed him not to move as he dialed 911. Paramedics took Hook and Dailey, who was still unconscious, to Piedmont Medical Center.

Hook told police what he could remember from the accident. Dailey, he said, could not tell them anything.

According to the police report, Dailey did not remember the incident. She also did not know the day of the week or month of the year.

Police found several pieces of debris, including parts of a vehicle headlight, the front grille and paint chips belonging to a Chrysler SUV on the street, the report states.

‘He could’ve killed us’

While investigating, police were called to Glenarden Drive, off Mount Holly Road, about another accident after Evans’ vehicle hit a pole. They spoke with Evans, who “admitted he remembered hitting a person on East Main Street and then driving off,” police said. Police arrested Evans, charging him with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury.

Police were unable to determine how fast Evans was driving because there were barely any skid marks on the road and there was little damage to the car, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.

There are no indications that Evans was using illegal drugs or alcohol, Bollinger said.

Evans was released Friday morning on a $10,000 bond.

“I think that’s, like, crazy,” Hook said. “He hit us – he could’ve killed us – and they just gave him a $10,000 bond.”

By Friday afternoon, Hook said Dailey’s memory was slowly beginning to return.

Sherri Dailey, Dailey’s mother, said her daughter suffered cuts to the back of her head that surgeons closed with staples. Police told her, she said, that they think Dailey hit her head on the car’s windshield.

“She keeps saying, ‘What happened?’ ” Sherri Dailey said. “She couldn’t remember her name. She couldn’t remember family stuff that she knows. She can’t remember nothing right now.

Her memory will come back “probably in a couple of days, I’m assuming,” Sherri Dailey said.

“I hope.”

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