A South Carolina Department of Transportation worker suffered fatal injuries in a hit-and-run collision on Farrow Road in Columbia, SC. The crash occurred near the ramps to I-77 on the night of February 27, 2014, and the SCDOT worker passed away in the hospital the following day.
The driver of the pickup truck initially fled the scene of the wreck on foot. Police managed to track him down and apprehend him within a few hours, and charges are now pending. No explanation of the cause of the deadly crash has been reported, but similar incidents in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have involved drunk and drugged drivers, distracted drivers and medical emergencies.
Regardless of why the at-fault driver struck and, ultimately, killed the road crew member, the tragic outcome remains the same and probably could have been avoided. Changing lanes or slowing down when approaching pedestrians on the highway or people working on the side of the road increases safety by reducing collision risks. Also, if the person responsible was impaired in some way, he should have stayed out of the driver's seat altogether.
My Carolina personal injury and wrongful death law form colleagues and I are glad this at-fault driver was found and can be held to account. Too many individuals who cause injuries and deaths and then take off before emergency responders arrive never have to answer for their actions. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased victim.