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Home  |  News  |  Wreck kills one, seriously injures deputy

Wreck kills one, seriously injures deputy
Friday, July 1, 2011

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Authorities are investigating a two vehicle accident near Shaw Air Force Base that killed one man and sent a Richland County deputy to the hospital with serious injuries.

Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock said the wreck happened at the intersection of Highway 378 and US Highway 441 around 10:20 a.m. Bullock said 67-year old Philip T. Hawkins of Sumter died at the scene.

Sheriff Anthony Dennis said one of the cars involved in the collision was a Richland County patrol car. Dennis said Deputy George Charles Mickens, 36, was transported by helicopter to Palmetto Richland Hospital.

Troopers said the investigation is still in the early stages. "The vehicle reconstruction should determine the vehicles' location, speeds, the traffic signal, the time, interviewing witnesses, crush date on the vehicle and skid date analysis," said Corporal Brian McDougald. "All these factors go together to determine exactly what happened."

A spokesperson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department said Mickens was on duty and on his way to court in Richland County when the accident happened. The spokesperson said Mickens is a Sumter County resident.

Authorities have not yet released Mickens' condition. Deputy Curtis Wilson said Mickens is a Senior Deputy with seven years at the department.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15005247/one-dead-in-wreck-near-shaw-afb

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