• Police: Driver will avoid charges after hitting pedestrian in Newton


    CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - Police in Newton said a man suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car early Thursday morning.

    The collision happened around 6 a.m. on Southwest Boulevard at N.C. 10., in front of the Burger King.

    Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty was the first to arrive at the scene and saw several emergency vehicles lined up along the road. A medical helicopter was also dispatched.



    Police said the man, Randy Benfield, was trying to cross Southwest Boulevard and stepped into the roadway when he was hit by a white sedan.

    A medical chopper was called and flew the man to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with critical injuries.

    Officers said no charges will be filed against the driver but that the collision is still under investigation.

    Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.

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