Man hit by car in critical condition, Newton PD plans pedestrian awareness training

- A man is in critical condition after he was struck by a car while trying to cross a road in Newton early Wednesday morning. 

Just after 6:00 a.m. officers with the Newton Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian hit on US 321 (Southwest Blvd.) just south of West NC 10 Hwy early Thursday morning.

According to officers, it appears Randy Dale Benfield, 58, was crossing the road from the Burger King, walking toward the Circle K located at the intersection of NC 10 Hwy and US 321 when he was hit by a Chevy Impala. 

The driver, Bradley Allen Soloyna, 40, was attempting to merge left into a turn lane when he hit Benfield. Officers say the light conditions were low at the time, so Soloyna could not see Benfield in the road. 

Benfield was treated on scene by Newton Fire, Catawba County EMS, Newton-Conover Rescue and Newton Police.  He was later transported to Carolina’s Medical Center via Med Center Air where he is currently in critical condition.   

Following this incident, the Newton Police Department will host a regional “Watch for Me NC” training for area law enforcement on Friday.

This statewide program “aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high visibility law enforcement.” 

More information about the “Watch for Me NC” program can be found at www.watchformenc.org

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