Crime & Courts

2 men hit and killed while changing tire on I-20 in Richland County, trooper says

Interstate 20
Interstate 20

Two men died after being hit and killed while changing a tire on the side of Interstate 20 in Richland County late Saturday, according to troopers.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday on I-20 near mile marker 84 in the eastbound lanes, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A van was parked in the emergency lane of the interstate, and a Jeep was parked behind the van, Collins said. An unspecified number of people were outside of the vehicles, changing a tire on the van.

A third vehicle hit the back of the Jeep, pushing it into the van, Collins said. This caused the vehicles to hit and kill two of the people changing the tire.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the victims Sunday afternoon as 45-year-old Andrew Tad Reeser, of Pine Loop Drive in Blythewood, and 49-year-old Brian Kinney Walker, of Glenn Knoll Place in Columbia.

Reeser died at the scene, Watts said. Walker was transported to Prisma Health Richland Hospital, where he died just before 10:45 p.m. Autopsies indicated both men died of multiple blunt force injuries from being hit by the vehicle, Watts said.

The driver of the third vehicle was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries, Collins said. There was no word Sunday morning on what caused the third car to hit the vehicles on the roadside, or on any charges.

The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.