GREENVILLE - Officials investigate a pedestrian getting hit by a vehicle in Pitt County.
Dispatchers said they got the call just before midnight on New Year's Eve. The incident reportedly happened near Greenville at Pactolus Highway and Charles Buck Drive.
Friends have identified the victim as Bobby Lang. They said the elderly man was headed to a friend's house for a New Year's bash, just blocks from his home, when he was struck by the car.
Lecio Leon heard the crash happen from inside his home.
"[I] came out running to check what was going on and he just saw a car in the ditch...and the person that was hit was already in the ditch too. He was knocked out and just laying there," Leon said.
Troopers said the pedestrian was crossing the road when he was hit by the car. They said he was thrown at least 30 feet before he landed in a nearby ditch.
Leon said the driver, who troopers said was a young man around 19 or 20-years-old, immediately stopped after he hit the pedestrian.
"He got out of his car and stood there screaming for help," Leon said.
Luckily, an ambulance was driving by so they turned around to come help. For Leon, he said this is a New Year's Eve he said he won't be forgetting anytime soon.
"[I] was pretty shocked and kinda scared to notice that it was a person. You wouldn't think that that kind of sound would come from hitting a person," he said.
Friends said Bobby had to have surgery on his right leg. The damage was significant enough that he may have to have the leg amputated. However, friends said he is in fair condition.
Troopers said no charges will be filed against the driver of the car. They said speed and alcohol were not factors in this accident.
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