ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An Iva man died Monday after the vehicle he was in was struck by another vehicle being pursued by law enforcement, the Anderson County Coroner’s Office said.
The coroner’s office said the collision happened around 10:40 p.m. Sunday night on SC Highway 81 South.
The victim was identified as Joseph Francis Garnder, 72, of Iva.
The coroner’s office said Gardner was the passenger of a 1995 Buick traveling north on Highway 81 when a 1999 Ford pickup, being pursued by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Iva Police Department, crashed into the rear. The collision caused the Buick to drive off the right side of the road and strike a sign.
Gardner was airlifted to a nearby hospital and succumbed to his injuries around 4:47 p.m. Monday afternoon. Both drivers were injured, as well as the passenger in the pickup, and they were taken to a nearby hospital.
The incident remains under investigation by the Anderson County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.