TALLADEGA -- A Talladega pedestrian struck by a car late Tuesday night is still recovering in a hospital in Atlanta, although his condition continues to improve, according to police Chief Jason Busby.
The pedestrian was apparently struck by a Toyota Camry on Waites Road. The driver did what he was supposed to do under the circumstances, stopping, calling 911 and waiting for the emergency responders, Busby said. The incident appears to have been an accident, with no crime involved, Busby said.
Talladega fire Chief Danny Warwick said firefighters were dispatched to the scene to assist paramedics with a male subject lying beside Waites Road at 11:02 p.m.
The pedestrian was transported to the emergency room of Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center by NorthStar paramedics before being airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta by Life Saver helicopter.
Neither Busby nor Warwick could say for certain why he was taken to Atlanta instead of a closer hospital in Alabama unless all of the other hospitals in the area were full.
Although there does not appear to have been a crime committed, Busby said the incident is still under investigation by Talladega police as of Thursday afternoon.