Man struck, killed after car breaks down on I-85 in Greenville Co.

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A South Carolina Department of Transportation traffic camera shows emergency vehicle at scene of crash on I-85 at Exit 48 in Greenville County, November 26, 2019

A South Carolina Department of Transportation traffic camera shows emergency vehicle at scene of crash on I-85 at Exit 48 in Greenville County, November 26, 2019 (From: SCDOT)

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The coroner says a man was hit and killed after the car he was in broke down along southbound Interstate 85.

According to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office, 51-year-old Richard Caldwell was a passenger in a car that broke down at Exit 48B (Laurens Road) on Tuesday evening.

Caldwell was attending to the car when he was hit, the coroner said.

Caldwell died at the scene.

The S.C. Highway Patrol arrested a driver suspected of DUI in the deadly crash.

Irakli Samkharadze, 34, of Lawrenceville, Ga. is charged with felony DUI with death, according to Trooper Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Samkharadze was headed south on I-85 when he ran off the right side of the road, hit a broken down vehicle, then hit Caldwell and a parked SUV, Hovis said. 

Irakli Samkharadze (Credit: Greenville Co. Detention Center)

Samkharadze was not hurt in the crash.

As of Wednesday morning, Samkharadze remains in the Greenville County jail.ย 

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