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Family remembers father, son hit and killed by vehicle in Marlboro County

Billy and Adam Lightsinger, left to right, are photographed inside their home on Wednesday for visitation. (Source: Audrey Biesk) Billy and Adam Lightsinger, left to right, are photographed inside their home on Wednesday for visitation. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A father and son were hit and killed by a vehicle on S.C. 9 East between Bennettsville and Clio on Tuesday at approximately 5:00 a.m., according to Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown.

Billy Lightsinger Jr., 50, and Adam Lightsinger, 24, both of McColl, were walking when they got struck by a vehicle.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins, a Kia on S.C. 9 ran off the road and became disabled. The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck assisted the Kia by pulling it back on the roadway.

After the driver of the truck assisted the Kia, it sat on the wrong the side of the road with headlights on at oncoming traffic, Collins said.

A 2006 Honda Accord was heading in that same direction from Bennettsville, and to avoid colliding with the truck that was parked on the wrong side of the roadway, it hit the two men that were standing outside the truck. No charges will be filed, as the truck was parked on the wrong side of the road with headlights on, said Collins. 

Brown said the two men were pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Honda Accord was not injured, according to Collins.

“Even in this tragedy, seeing people come together, that gives us hope," said Sampson Grooms, the brother-in-law and uncle of the two men. "But two people lost at one time, a father and son, it's almost unheard of.”

Grooms said Adam Lightsinger, who had a 20-year-old sister, played football all through high school at Marlboro High School. He was engaged and planning to get married soon.

Billy Lightsinger worked for the Pepsi company, and Grooms said he was a man who stood behind his family.

“Most of the time, if they were off work, you see one, you see the other one. They were very close," he said. "The son and father relationship was very close. 

Grooms recalled the moments when he saw his brother-in-law last, remembering that he was he was laughing and said he would go to church with him.

"The last moment we spent with him, you know, it’s real touching when you go back and think about the things that were said,” Grooms said.

Funeral services will be held for both Billy and Adam Lightsinger Friday at 2 p.m., at the McColl Church of God.

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