Man injured after struck by car at Grace Avenue bar

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By Chris Sardelli

Authorities from two counties are investigating a hit-and-run incident that left a Lancaster man injured outside a bar early Saturday, Dec. 15. 

Deputies responded to The Pit Stop, 1782 Grace Ave., about 2:30 a.m.  after learning someone there  had been struck by a vehicle, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

When they arrived, deputies saw a large crowd of people in the parking lot and a 21-year-old Lancaster man on the ground. 

The victim was conscious and said the right side of his body was hurting, and officers noticed he was bleeding from a cut on his forehead. The victim did not know who hit him, the report said. 

Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and took the man by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital. 

Two of the man’s friends said they were inside the bar when a fight broke out among a large group of people. They told deputies they, and the victim, tried to leave, though a group of men tried to fight them near the exit. 

The three men were able to leave and saw one of the aggressors get into a silver Honda Accord, the report said. 

They said that’s when the car began speeding toward them. The friends were able to jump out of the way, though the victim was struck and slammed into the car’s windshield, the report said. 

Witnesses chased after the car and began beating on it. The two friends tried to pull the driver out of the car, though he was able to jump out of the passenger side door and run away, the report said. 

The driver was then picked up by someone in another car and driven away. 

The witnesses also reported seeing an unknown woman drive the silver Honda Accord away from the scene. Deputies, along with S.C. Highway Patrol troopers searched the area but couldn’t find the car. 

Several witnesses gave the license plate number to deputies, who discovered the silver car was registered to a Great Falls woman, the report said. Deputies then contacted the Great Falls Police Department to assist in finding the car or its owner. 

Chester County sheriff’s deputies later found the damaged car near a home on Jackson Street in Great Falls, though they couldn’t find anyone in the area. 

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said a man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, though the investigation is ongoing. 

“We’re speaking to witnesses, but have not determined if it was an intentional act,” Shaw said. 

Deputies later spoke with the victim at the hospital who said he was waiting outside the bar for a ride when he was struck by the car. The victim’s condition was unknown late Tuesday, Dec. 18. 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416