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Moped rider killed in crash by elementary school identified, Lexington Co. coroner says

A Lexington man was killed in a Wednesday morning crash near an elementary school, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office said.

Scott Andrew Woodruff, 33, was riding a moped when he collided with a car in front of Saxe Gotha Elementary School, Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release.

The wreck happened at about 6:45 a.m. and Woodruff died at the scene, according to the news release.

It was on Old Orangeburg Road, near Saxe Gotha Elementary School, according to Lexington County officials. That is near the area where school buses drop off students at the school, a picture shared by South Carolina Highway Patrol shows.

The crash occurred while school zone traffic laws were being enforced, but no students were involved in the wreck, Lance Cpl. David Jones said in an interview with The State.

A section of Old Orangeburg Road, from Southwood Drive and Platt Springs Road, was closed, Lexington County officials tweeted.

The moped was heading west when Woodruff was hit by an oncoming vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn, Fisher said.

Woodruff was not wearing a helmet when he was ejected from the 2017 Tao Tao moped, Jones said.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the moped was not hurt and stopped to help Woodruff, according to Fisher. No other injuries were reported.

Information if any criminal charges will be filed was not available.

The crash is under investigation by Highway Patrol.

Because of the wreck, Lexington County School District One said buses will be delayed on routes to Carolina Springs Middle School, White Knoll Middle School and White Knoll High School, WLTX reported.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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