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Sheriff responds to fatal accident involving DCSO deputy

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(Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office)
Darlington County, SC -

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A 44-year-old Timmonsville man was killed early Friday morning after he was struck by a deputy's cruiser while rendering aid to the victims of an accident.

Johnny Clint Floyd, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident along SC-151 around 5 a.m., according to Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee.

Hardee said Floyd stopped to help the victims of an automobile accident at 4 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a deputy from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office. The deputy, according to officials, was not hurt in the crash. The people involved in the first accident were taken to the hospital, but their conditions were unavailable Friday.

SC Highway 151 near Flynn's Crossroads was blocked until about 12:40 p.m. Friday as investigators from the Highway Patrol Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) took pictures and measurements in the area. They will use that information to recreate the accident and try to figure out how and where the deputy's cruiser hit Floyd.

Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd said the deputy was not responding to the first accident. The deputy was driving to the Hartsville area when he hit Floyd.

Byrd said Floyd's death was especially tragic since he was being a good Samaritan. He could not give details about the accident because of the Highway Patrol investigation, but he said it is too early to know if anyone was at fault.

"They have the MAIT team here to reconstruct it and let us know exactly what did happen and how the chain of events took place that resulted in the gentleman loosing his life," Byrd said Friday afternoon. "We don't know yet. We don't want to speculate until they finish their investigation. We certainly hope that he wasn't [at fault], but until we know for sure I can't comment on that."

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