ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Anderson County Coroner’s Office officials said an Anderson Police Department officer was killed Friday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 24.
South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. near Wham Road on Highway 24 at the Double Bridges.
Troopers said a 22-year-old woman, was driving a 2013 Dodge SUV and was traveling east on SC 24 when she crossed over the centerline and crashed into a 2015 Ford SUV that was headed west on SC 24.
The driver of the Ford died at the scene.
The coroner’s office confirmed the man who was killed was Sgt. Ethan Kaskin with the Anderson Police Department. Kaskin was a sergeant in investigations.
According to the coroner’s release, Kaskin was traveling in his city vehicle west on Highway 24 Friday morning after working out and was hit head-on by another vehicle traveling east.
Kaskin was reportedly returning home to get ready for his shift when the accident occurred.
Coroner Greg Shore said Kaskin died from blunt force trauma.
The feeling of pain could be felt across the City of Anderson all day on Friday.
Investigators said Kaskin was 59-years-old.
The unforeseen tragedy has sent a rippling effect throughout the City.
“This officer loved this community and he would do anything for this community. He loved his job in law enforcement. Just one of those unforeseen accidents to happen in life. We are just sorrowful today,” said Chief Jim Stewart, Anderson City Police Department.
“He built a relationship with just about anybody he came in contact with. he’d give you the shirt off his back and will talk to you a little bit about anything, it’s a big deal,” said Blake Sharpe, friend of Kaskin.
Sharpe met Kaskin 11 years ago, and has always looked at him as a mentor, who helped pushed him in his career of public safety. They always kept in touch as Kaskin worked many nights in downtown Anderson, which is where Sharpe now lives.
“He never portrayed himself in any kind of dime light. It was always bright shiny. It was always something he was passionate about…what he did,” Sharpe said.
While Kaskin had been with the Anderson Police Department since 2008, it’s the life he lived outside of his uniform that people are remembering most.
“I don’t know one time if I ever heard this officer complain. He had a love for the people,” Chief Stewart said.
It’s not only his love that people said they will miss, it’s also his physical presence.
“He always shook your hand and when you saw him, that was his trademark or his staple was that mustache. Anderson City lost a good one,” Sharpe added.
The City of Anderson issued the following statement in regard to Kaskin’s death:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the death Sergeant Ethan Kaskin of the Anderson City Police Department.
HIs death was the result of injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Highway 24 near the double bridges in Anderson County Friday morning.
“Sgt. Kaskin had an impeccable work ethic,” said Police Chief Jim Stewart. “He loved his job and took great care to live up to his oath as a police officer. HIs fellow officers will miss him and the public he served will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and loved ones.”
Sgt. Kaskin joined the Anderson Police Department in 2008 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to Corporal in 2012 and to Sergeant in 2016. He was currently serving as a detective in the investigations unit.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of Sgt. Kaskin, ” said David McCuen, City Manager. “We ask that the community keep his loved ones and our officers in prayer during this difficult time.”
The driver of the Dodge — a 22-year-old woman — was taken to AnMed for treatment of severe injuries.
The coroner’s office, SCHP and SCHP’s MAIT Team are continuing to investigate the crash.
Anderson Police announced funeral information for Sergeant Kaskin.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 5-9 p.m. at The McDougald Funeral Home. The funeral service with full police honors will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at The Anderson Civic Center.
Social distancing will be observed and those attending are encouraged to wear a face covering.