Pedestrian killed during hit and run in Anderson


ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A pedestrian was killed during a hit and run in Anderson Thursday evening.

According to Anderson County Coroner’s Office, the victim was walking to a convenience store at 9:30 p.m., and was returning home. Investigators said that victim was struck by a vehicle near Laurel Creek Drive.

The coroner’s office said the body was found at 11:00 a.m. Friday on Simpson Road near Laurel Creek Drive in a ditch by land surveyors.

“Yeah, it’s awful. It’s awful to hear. I had no idea that that had happened last night,” said Justin Zearley, a nearby resident. “It’s a decent amount of traffic here, and there’s a handful of people I see at night kind of walking up to the 7-eleven up the road, but there’s a decent amount of road traffic, now that they’ve paved the road here.”

The coroner’s office identified the victim as Cecil Roland Watson, Jr., 59, of Anderson.

One man said he used to see Watson everyday.

“I spoke with him. We spoke, we spoke by name, knew each other well enough to have conversations, practically every day,” said Jim Ballou, a neighbor. “I ran into him, practically every day, and he always went out of his way to speak. He would stop, minus fact, he gave my wife flowers on one occasion, just because…”

Watson, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.

Some residents said the area where Watson was found has no sidewalks.

“My biggest concern is the lack of sidewalks. There’s a lot of people that live right here in this area. There are apartments right down the street. I see people walking every day, up and down that road, to the grocery store or wherever, and you’re literally taking your life in your own hands when you walk out there,” said Ballou.

As detectives continue to investigate this case, some people are hoping the tragic accident will spark some change.

“I’d love to see some conversations about having a sidewalk put in, i mean obviously this is something that should be discussed,” Zearley said.

The Anderson County Office of the Coroner and the Anderson Police Department are
investigating the accident.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked contact the Anderson
Police Department.

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