ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – An investigation is underway after a deadly hit-and-run crash over the weekend in Anderson County which may have been intentional – the result of a road rage incident.
According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, emergency crews responded to White Street Extension near Shockley Ferry Road in Anderson on Dec. 13 at around 4:45 p.m. after a report of crash involving a motorcycle.
Sheriff’s Office officials said a preliminary investigation revealed that the crash may have been an intentional hit-and-run.
The driver of the motorcycle, identified as 53-year-old Timothy Cathey of Anderson, was taken to AnMed Health Medical Center where he later died.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office ruled Cathey’s death a homicide.
“What we know for sure, that there was some kind of collision with contact. Right now, we can only assume that it was probably intentional, based on some witness statements that we’ve gotten,” Sheriff McBride said.
The sheriff’s office said they are currently searching for a dark color SUV with tan trim, rear tinted windows and a side step. The vehicle is believed to be a late-2000s model — 2006 to 2010.
The vehicle was reportedly pulling a small utility trailer containing various, unknown items.
Witnesses told investigators that the victim’s motorcycle was forced off of the road, causing it to strike a telephone pole.
“We certainly don’t know if it’s a 100% road rage or not, but certainly, there have been a spike in those types of situations. And it usually does around this time of year because traffic is worst this time of year,” Sheriff McBride said. “Seems like a lot lately, we’ve gotten a lot more than normal.
Typically this time of year, traffic is worst, people are less patient, people are in a hurry,” he said.
“I would say this is a pretty common call anywhere. Where somebody calls and says they’ve just been involved in a road rage incident,” McBride added.
Lisa Gordon said she was a victim just recently.
“It was very scary and in fact, I think I’m getting a few gray hairs now,” Gordon said.
McBride said if you’re a victim of a road rage incident, here’s what you should do.
“The best thing you can do is number one, don’t panic. Just be calm. If there’s a way that you can exit off a road way safely, where the suspect is not going to going to continue to follow you or something like that, do it,” McBride said.
Number two, he said to call 911 for help, keep driving to a populated area, but never drive home.
“You need to pay attention to your surroundings. You need to be able to tell the dispatcher, what road you’re on, where you’re at, what you’re close to. But never go home. If you feel like you’re being followed, don’t go pulling into your drive way. Keep going and find somewhere that will hopefully law enforcement is going to be able to meet you at,” McBride said. “Always have those exit strategies in your mind. If you’re going down the road and something does happen, where can you go, where can you pull off,” he said.
Most importantly, McBride said all drivers should remain calm and never tailgate or act out of anger.
“If somebody offends you on the roadway, don’t start riding their tail, don’t start tailgating that vehicle. Don’t go flipping them off and everything else that people do these days,” McBride said. “The main thing is, keep your cool, your family depends on you to come home. Keep your cool, and it’s not worst going to jail over either,” he said.
All things Gordon wants people to remember as deputies continue to search for a possible suspect in this case.
“It’s sad that somebody lost their life. I wish for the person that did it to come forward and confess their faults and get themselves straighten out,” Gordon said.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is assisting with the ongoing investigation.
On Tuesday, Iron Horse Motorcycle Lawyers announced they are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who left the scene of the deadly crash.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 864-260-4400 or submit an anonymous tip through Anderson Area Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (274-6372).