A Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling north on Columbia Road on the morning of July 2, 2013. The deputy was involved in a collision with another vehicle and wasinjured on the job. The driver of the other vehicle died.
The other driver, a South Carolina resident, was heading southbound on Columbia Road and somehow crossed over the center line and collided with the deputy’s vehicle. The driver of the car suffered multiple injuries that turned out to be fatal and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner. The deputy, however, survived the accident and was taken to an area hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries. The deputy’s current condition is not known at this time.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. Columbia road was closed for a little over an hour-and-a-half while troopers conducted an investigation of the scene. There has been no report as to whether troopers believe that speed, impairment or distracted driving were factors in the crash.
The final report of regarding the investigation into this incident will, hopefully, shed some light on what happened that morning, including why the southbound driver veered into oncoming traffic. Since the deputy was injured on the job, she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as the deputy recovers from injuries. In addition, once the official investigation is complete, the deputy may also be entitled to file a personal injury suit against the estate of the driver depending on the extent of the deputy’s injuries.
Source: thetandd.com, “Orangeburg woman dies in collision with deputy,” July 2, 2013
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.