GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A pedestrian died Monday night after being hit by three vehicles in Greenville County.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. at U.S. 25 near Beechtree Boulevard.
Troopers said a 2012 Cadilac was traveling north when it hit the pedestrian that was injured from two previous collisions.
Both vehicles from the previous incidents fled the scene.
The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified the pedestrian as 56-year-old Cedric Emmanuel Perkins, of Greenville.
South Carolina Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to be aware of pedestrians. They say if you do hit someone do not leave the scene.
“Say a pedestrian steps out in front of you and unfortunately you strike this person and they are injured or killed, it is your responsibility to stay on scene, call 911, get EMS out there, maybe this person’s life could be saved.” Ridgeway said.
According to the coroner’s report, an autopsy was performed on Tuesday. The coroner said that the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma with the manner of death being an accident.
“A lot of these pedestrian fatalities that we come and investigate lots of times it’s at night, it is someone trying to cross a roadway not in a crosswalk,” South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway said. “Sometimes we find that they may be impaired.”
In 2023 the Coroner’s office has now reported seven pedestrian vs motor vehicle deaths. In 2022 there were twenty-six.
“What we’re trying to do is prevent people from dying regardless to what they need to do,” Ellis said. “We’re having too many pedestrians struck by motor vehicles in today’s time.”
This case is being investigated by the Greenville County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Anyone with information on the identities of those responsible is asked to contact the SCHP at (864) 241-1000 or 1 (800) 768-1501.
Tippers can also contact Crime Stoppers at (864) 232-7463.
Troopers said the suspected vehicles may have damage to the front end of the car.