Pedestrian struck and killed while trying to cross I-26 Sunday night
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) A pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday night while trying to cross I-26 near the Sunset Blvd. exit. This accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the west bound lanes of traffic around the 110 mile-marker.
According to the SC Highway Patrol, the pedestrian was in the center lane when he was first struck by a Jeep that apparently did not see the person on foot. After being hit by the Jeep, the person was subsequently hit by two other vehicles before all of the interstate traffic could get stopped. At one time, traffic was backed up almost to the Augusta Road exit as first responders dealt with the scene and checked on the drivers and occupants of the vehicle that hit that person. In all cases, the drivers and passengers in the cars that were involved were wearing their seatbelts, and no one was injured. The pedestrian however, died at the scene as a result of injuries that person received in the collisions.
The reason that the person was crossing the interstate hasn’t been determined. The name of the deceased will only be released by the coroner’s office after his family has been properly notified. The accident remains under investigation by the SC Highway Patrol.