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BCSO investigates pedestrian hit by SCHP car

Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

A 68-year-old Hispanic man was killed Wednesday morning when he was struck by a South Carolina Highway Patrol car. Authorities are not releasing his name until family members can be notified.

Just before 5 a.m. Wednesday deputies responded to the area of Hwy 21 (Trask Pkwy) and Martin Lane on a report from a SCHP trooper about a collision between his patrol car and a pedestrian. 

Many questions remain in the investigation. Based on some of the markings at the collision is that it was at 30 yards from the point of impact to point of rest. 

The southbound lanes of the four-lane, divided highway were closed for nearly three hours as the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigated the fatal wreck.  

"There's not a lot of lighting on the roadside. It's dark. There's not a lot of traffic, so if you were walking on the roadway or beside the roadway, it would be difficult to be seen," said Sgt. Robin McIntosh, of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. 

McIntosh said the 68-year-old man who was killed was also wearing dark clothing.  It's standard that one agency will investigate when another is involved in a crash. 

"We do have deputies that are trained in accident reconstruction and they're the ones that responded to the scene," she said. 

She said that even though the victim was pronounced dead at the scene,  the trooper did what he could after the crash. 

"The trooper did get out and try to provide life saving measures however the victim was already deceased," she said. 

The South Carolina Highway patrolman was on duty at the time of the crash.  

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