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Car strikes 2 pedestrians on New Year's Eve

A Thomson man and a woman were injured when they were hit by a car while they tried to cross Main Street on New Year's Eve.

Officer Adam Dye, of the Thomson Police Department, identified the victims as Marion Paschal, 56, of the 100 block of Pound Street, and Patricia Smith, 53, of the 200 block of Dunn Street.

Mr. Paschal was treated at the scene by the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders from Thomson Fire Department.

He received serious leg and other injuries and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Ms. Smith was checked by medical workers but refused to be taken to the Thomson hospital.

She had a head injury and told Officer Dye that she would go get checked later at the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Smith was checked there the next day.

The couple were trying to cross Main Street when they were hit by a northbound car near the intersection with Viola Avery Street, Officer Dye said.

The 1994 Geo Prizm was driven by 53-year-old Elizabeth Hope, of the 3000 block of Wrens Highway in Thomson.

The small automobile sustained a broken windshield on the driver's side.

Thomson police called for assistance from the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown to investigate the accident, which occurred about 6:20 p.m.

Trooper Matthew MacDonald worked the accident.

He said no charges were filed against the driver of the car.

The trooper attributed the accident to the pedestrians having been drinking alcoholic beverages.

Mr. Paschal had been walking alongside Ms. Smith, who was operating an electric scooter, police said.

The scooter, which was hit by the car, was totaled.

Web posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010

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