The South Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the recent deaths of two pedestrians.
One victim was identified as 42-year-old Delgado Morales, but the identity of the other person has not yet been made public.
Morales was doing yard work around 7 p.m. on Wednesday when he was struck by a pickup truck that ran off the road.
Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said the truck veered off to the right of Belvedere-Clearwater Road close to the intersection with Duncan Road.
Cpl. Sonny Collins said the truck crashed into a utility pole after hitting Morales.
Morales was transported to a hospital in the area and he died less than an hour after the accident. An autopsy was scheduled to take place on Friday in Newberry County.
The driver of the truck sustained injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital but no information was provided on his condition.
The accident remains under investigation by Highway Patrol and no details have been released about what caused the truck to run off the road. It is not yet known if the driver will be charged.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated accident, Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said an individual died after they were hit by a vehicle in Saluda County at 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday.
Bolt said the victim was walking across North Wise Road and on to U.S. 178 when they were struck by a 2020 Ford Edge. The person was not wearing reflective clothing.
They died after EMS took them to hospital. Their name will be revealed after their next of kin is notified.
The driver was the only person in the SUV, and they didn’t suffer any injuries, according to Bolt.
As of Thursday morning, 628 people were killed on South Carolina roads for the year so far. According to the Department of Public Safety, 99 were pedestrians.
If your loved one died in a crash, a South Carolina pedestrian lawyer can help you to get compensation.