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The rules of the road apply to everyone in South Carolina, including law enforcement officials. That is why it is shocking to learn that a deputy involved in a fatal car accidentwas driving his patrol car with a suspended driver’s license. Reportedly, further information regarding the details of the crash will be released after the investigation is completed.

Information released so far indicates that the deputy slammed into a man driving a moped. The injuries suffered by the 68-year-old moped driver were severe, and he did not survive the crash. Budgetary issues with the department are such that the dash camera in the deputy’s patrol car was not working and, therefore, did not record the accident.

As for how the Marion County deputy was driving without a valid driver’s license, the Sheriff says his driving record was checked twice — first in August of last year when he was hired and a second time in January of this year before he entered the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. In February, his license was suspended over an unpaid traffic ticket he received in another county. His driving record was not checked when he graduated from the Academy.

Without a valid license, the deputy should not have been allowed to drive a county vehicle. Nevertheless, he was driving the day of the fatal car accident. The family of the victim may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the officer and the Department. If it is shown to the court’s satisfaction that the actions of the deputy and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office negligently caused or contributed to his death, the family may be entitled to an award of financial damages that accrued as a result of the tragedy.

Source:, “Deputy in fatal moped accident was driving on suspended license“, , June 18, 2014


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