LUGOFF, South Carolina -- A dashboard camera video released by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office shows a deputy struck by a distracted driver outside of a school Thursday morning.
Deputy Chelsea Cockrell,who had her blue lights on and was wearing her bright yellow reflective jacket, was directing traffic at Lugoff Elementary School around 7:10 a.m. when she was struck by an SUV, according to a news release.
Cockrell was transport to a local hospital and was treated and released. He is now recovering from home and is expected to fully recovered.
“This was an eye opening incident that could have ended a lot worse. This needs to be a wake up call to everyone out there who is willing to put their conveniency over safety.” Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan.
Witnesses estimated the speed of the vehicle at 40 mph in the school zone. Officials said that the driver stopped after the impact and admitted he was looking at his cellphone and not the road when he hit Cockrell.
The crash is currently under investigation.