The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that a deputy was involved in a traffic collision at the intersection of Hwy 93 and South Pendleton St. at approximately 10:00pm on Monday, May 22, 2017.
The on-duty deputy was the only occupant in the marked patrol unit at the time of the collision which involved a 2014 Toyota Tundra truck occupied by two civilians. The deputy and the two civilians were treated and released for minor injuries following the accident.
Preliminary findings indicate that the deputy entered the intersection with his blue lights activated after he observed another vehicle disregard the red light. In the deputy’s effort to pass through the intersection and stop the suspected violator, the patrol unit was struck on the driver’s side by an oncoming vehicle causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to emphasize that the deputy was not in an active pursuit.
As per state law, the SC Highway Patrol was requested to investigate the accident. The deputy was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way.
Sheriff Rick Clark stated…
“We are extremely thankful and feel blessed that the three parties involved in this accident did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the unknown driver in the vehicle that precipitated the incident did not stop and was not able to be identified.
We serve with the vision to protect life and property and we are our own worst critics when our actions fall short of achieving that goal”.