Hit & Run Driver Strikes Man Taking Out The Trash

A Smithfield man said he was knocked unconscious by a hit and run vehicle that struck him while taking his trash to the curb.  Smithfield Police said the accident happened at 6:10pm Thursday on N. Sussex Dive off Canterbury Road.

Police said 27 year-old Jamel Divine Rhodes of Newton Grove was taking trash from an apartment to the edge of the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on N. Sussex Drive.  The vehicle did not stop. After the impact, Rhodes said he temporarily lost consciousness.  After regaining consciousness he was able to get assistance from a family member who transported him by car to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield.

Police said they were first notified about the hit and run accident by an emergency room nurse.

An investigating officer said he spoke to multiple witnesses in the area at the time of the collision but no one saw the accident.  Police said the victim was unable to give them a description of the hit and run vehicle.

Rhodes sustained non-life threatening injuries.