Deadly Crash Investigation
UPDATE (8/28 4pm) -- Troopers identify the killed pedestrian as Johnny Crouch, 65, and the deputy as Emanuel Davis, 28. Davis is on administrative leave right now.
Additionally, SCDOT engineers in Greenville County say the intersection at Augusta Road & Old Augusta Road just completed a 3-month, $1.3 million upgrade project on Monday. Inside left-turn lanes were added in both directions of Augusta Road, replacing the former "scissor-like" intersection, according to DOT engineer Dennis Garber. Garber says the Old Augusta Road intersection with Augusta Road was also revamped to make it more of a "T", so that it met with the road more cleanly and at a better angle. Engineers say that no stoplight was planned during this project, but after receiving requests today as a result of media coverage of this accident, they will study the intersection to determine if a stoplight is needed. Engineers expect to complete this study by "mid- to late-October", according to Eric Dillon with DOT District 3 Traffic & Engineering.
A pedestrian was killed early Thursday morning in a crash with a Greenville County Sheriff's deputy. It happened in a busy intersection just south of I-85, roads have been closed for more than six hours.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation of what was actually two separate accidents that happened one right after the other on this busy stretch of Augusta Road during peak traffic hours this morning.
Troopers tell News 13, a Greenville County Sheriff's deputy, who has yet to be identified, hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Augusta Road and Old Augusta Road around 5:30am Thursday morning.
Two other vehicles were involved in an accident immediately after.
Troopers have not said how the two crashes are related, only that no one else was injured except the pedestrian fatality.
The multi-disciplinary accident investigation or MAIT Team has been reconstructing the accident all morning and troopers tell us the stretch of Augusta Road will stay closed indefinitely until they are finished.
Troopers did not say whether the deputy was responding to a call or whether drugs or alcohol were involved, but the investigation continues.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office will also conduct their own investigation into the crash.
Corp. Bill Rhyne, SC Highway Patrol, "Our MAIT team is on scene, they're mapping the scene, if witnesses available they'll talk to them and get statements from everybody. This isn't something I'll have an answer to today, tomorrow or the next day. They're gonna have to complete their investigation before we'll be able to comment on anything."
Deputy & Pedestrian Involved in Multi-car Crash