Newberry Co. deputy struck by vehicle at crash scene

cwinston@thestate.comOctober 1, 2013 

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— A sheriff’s deputy working the scene of a crash late Monday night was injured by a passing vehicle.

While responding to a collision between a vehicle and a deer shortly before midnight on Highway 395 near Mendenhall Road, the Newberry County Sheriff’s deputy was standing by the accident. A green Mustang approached the scene, left the roadway, struck the patrol vehicle and crossed a ditch toward the deputy. The deputy attempted to avoid the vehicle, but it struck him on the leg. He was treated and released from Newberry Hospital for minor injuries, according to a press release.

Tonya Dawn Crapps, 39, of Prosperity was charged with reckless driving by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

“This is another example of the many dangers that law enforcement officers face,” said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. “This seemingly routine call could have turned deadly had it not been for the quick actions of the deputy to avoid the oncoming car.”

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