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Woman struck by car listed as critical

SoVaNow.com / April 08, 2013
A 23-year-old Sinai Road resident, Ceceli Edmonds, is listed in critical condition at Duke University Hospital after she was struck by a car on U.S. 58 Saturday night. The incident took place in front of the World of Sports shortly after 10 p.m.

Deputy Jeff Burton, who was called to the scene at 10:08 p.m., said Edmonds and a male friend, Gerrien Walton, 29, were returning from Clarksville when the two got into an argument.

According to the statement that Walton gave to police, the woman kept threatening to jump out of the pick-up truck in which they were traveling back from Clarksville, but Walton said he was able to keep her from doing so.

According to Walton’s account, said Burton, Edmonds opened the door to the pick-up truck as they drove by Elliott’s Auto Sales, but he talked her out of jumping. He told her he would pull over at World of Sports and let her out of the vehicle safely if that was what she wanted.

Walton pulled into the median strip in front of the World of Sports shortly thereafter, Burton recounted, from Walton’s version of the incident, and the two talked there for a couple of minutes before Edmonds got out and walked around behind the truck.

Walton told police he then drove off to work in Scottsburg, but called Edmonds’ mother to tell her know that he had dropped her daughter off at the World of Sports, suggesting she might want to check on her.

Edmonds then reportedly walked across the first lane of traffic and was struck in the second lane by an elderly driver, Curtis Cox, who along with his wife was headed to their Buffalo Junction home. According to Burton, Cox said he could not tell what he had run into until he got out of his vehicle and saw the woman lying in the road.

In the meantime, visitors at the World of Sports witnessed some of the activity and called for police. Edmonds’ mother also arrived at the scene a short time later, said Burton

The incident is under investigation by Virginia State Trooper D. T. Spencer.



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