WJPD: Pedestrian transported to Baptist Medical Center after being struck by SUV


Accident occurred late Thursday night



WEST JEFFERSON-A popular local artist was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after she was hit near a crosswalk in downtown late Thursday night.

That news comes from West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose and a report filed by WJPD Officer Josh Hodges.

According to police reports, Robert Dennis Hodges, 33, of West Jefferson, was traveling north on North Jefferson Avenue in a Scion SUV when he collided with Shannon W. Parrish, 53, who was attempting to cross the street near Rosebud Bakery. Parrish, who also goes by Talara, is the owner of the Barn Quilt Headquarters of the Blue Ridge above Hotel Tavern in West Jefferson.

The accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on May 12, as Parrish was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, according to the report.

Rose confirmed that the report indicates Parrish did drink some alcohol prior to the accident but said he did not know how much.

The SUV’s driver, Robert Hodges, told police he was heading toward Wilco when his dog barked at the crosswalk by Rosebud Bakery, apparently when he hit Parrish. Robert Hodges told police he never saw Parrish until he’d stopped his Scion.

Off-duty paramedic Nathaniel McCoy told police he saw the accident as it unfolded.

McCoy said he saw a female nearing the concrete bump out when she was “contacted by a dark colored Scion SUV,” McCoy told police.

“I then noted the female ‘lunge’ forward and right before falling to ground where she came to rest on her right side near the concrete bump out,” McCoy said. “I immediately pulled over and jumped from my vehicle and dialed 911.”

McCoy said the Scion stopped and pulled into a parking space.

“(The SUV driver) came up behind me and asks, “Do I need to call 911?” I advised him that I was an off duty paramedic and that I had called already. I told him to ‘Stand back and stay put,’ until (law enforcement officers) arrived. I immediately began rendering aid to the patient,” McCoy wrote.

McCoy told police the vehicle did not seem to be speeding at the time of the accident and said “the streets were poorly illuminated even with all the streetscape lights functioning.”

Rose said Parrish was transported to Baptist and treated for head trauma, but said she is expected to recover. It’s not immediately clear if charges have been filed in the case but the Jefferson Post will update the story as more details in the case are confirmed.

Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.

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Accident occurred late Thursday night
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