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SEOUL — A U.S. soldier remained in critical but improving condition Wednesday evening after being hit by a car in Dongducheon Saturday night, according to officials from the 2nd Infantry Division.

The soldier, whom military officials declined to identify, was moved to a hospital in Uijeongbu on Wednesday after being kept at the 121st General Hospital on Yongsan Garrison since the accident, according to Maj. Karl Ivey, a 2nd ID spokesman.

Both U.S. and South Korean officials said the soldier was jaywalking at the time of the accident.

No one has been charged, according to South Korean police.

South Korean police identified the soldier as Shannon Chalfant, according to Sgt. Chang Won-il of the Yangju police accident investigation division.

The car’s driver, Maeng Chang-je, 50, was not injured, according to Chang.

Under South Korean law, Maeng could face a fine of 40,000 won, about $40, for hitting a pedestrian, according to South Korean police.

The accident happened at about 5:40 p.m. Saturday after the soldier jaywalked across the main road outside of Camp Casey, South Korean police officials said. He was walking with a friend, who was not injured, U.S. officials said.

Ivey said U.S. health laws prohibit him from releasing details about the soldier’s injuries without his consent.

After the accident, the vehicle’s windshield was cracked near the driver’s side, according to Chang and Danny Jones, a civilian contractor who was near the Camp Casey entrance at the time of the accident.

“I heard the screeching of the tires,” Jones said Wednesday during a telephone interview. After the impact, people rushed over; South Korean police and ambulance personnel soon were on scene, he said.

“Everyone jaywalks up here,” said Jones, who left the military in summer 2005 and now lives in Dongducheon.

“He was jaywalking. It was the middle of the road.”

South Korean police planned on interviewing the driver again Thursday, officials said. Ivey said the soldier’s injuries prevented them from interviewing him as of Wednesday.


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