While leaving the final performance of this year’s Eric & Joe Show Sunday night at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, patrons encountered a scary sight - a man struck by a vehicle.

Eric Clemens said he had been standing outside on the sidewalk greeting people as they left when her heard commotion nearby, and saw someone had been hit by a vehicle on West Dixie Avenue in front of the theater.

Initially, he wasn’t sure who it was, but he eventually realized that it was his friend, Andrew Johnson.

Clemens said he and Joe Bennett have known Johnson for several years.

He said those at the scene began helping Johnson as much as they could until medical personnel arrived.

“We didn’t know it was Andrew, but it didn’t matter. I mean, somebody’s been involved in an accident,” he said. “We were all standing right there and we were going to go right to the aid of the person.”

He said several off-duty first responders and nurses were in the audience and began to aid Johnson quickly before emergency medical services arrived.

Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said Johnson was standing in the road taking pictures when he was hit by a southbound vehicle. He said the driver did not see Johnson in the road.

Johnson had serious, but non-life threatening injuries, Denham said.

He was transported to University Hospital in Louisville. Denham said the driver is not facing criminal charges.

Since the collision, Clemens said they have been in contact with different family members and friends with Johnson at the hospital.

According to a post made on the Eric & Joe Show Facebook page, “Andrew was complaining that the hospital was playing country music and if you know Andrew, then that’s a great sign.

“We just care about his recovery right now. We’ve been praying since right after it happened for him and we’re just hopeful that he will make a full recovery,” he said.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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