Greenwood man dies; Saluda man critical after Friday night wreck
Saturday, February 08, 2014 11:44 AM
A Greenwood man was killed, a Saluda man was hospitalized and authorities were seeking a third driver in connection with a Friday night wreck in Saluda County.
According to Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner, the deceased is Wayne King, 72, of 421 Sproles Ave., Greenwood. Turner said King’s time of death was listed as approximately 10:25 p.m. Friday. The cause of death was listed as chest trauma.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said the wreck happened at about 9:30 p.m. Friday on S.C. 121, north of the Town of Saluda.
Jones indicated three cars were involved with the crash.
King was driving the first vehicle, a 2010 Toyota sedan. He was wearing a seat belt and he was entrapped in his car after the wreck. After being removed from the vehicle, he was taken by helicopter to Palmetto Health Richland and later died.
The driver of the second vehicle was Terry Simmons, 60, of Saluda. He was driving a Chrysler Sebring. Simmons was wearing a seat belt and was entrapped in his vehicle. After being removed, he also was taken by helicopter to Palmetto Health Richland.
According to Turner, Simmons was still at Palmetto Health as of Saturday morning. Turner said officials at the hospital listed Simmons in critical condition.
The third vehicle involved was described by Highway Patrol as a “hit-and-run vehicle.” That vehicle is described as 2007-09 white Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck. SCHP officials said the white truck “left the scene” after the collision.
According SCHP reports, King’s vehicle and the white truck were traveling south on S.C. 121, while Simmons’ vehicle was traveling north on S.C. 121.
The white truck reportedly “attempted to pass several vehicles” including King’s car. In doing so, the white truck allegedly forced Simmons’ vehicle to veer left and strike King’s vehicle.
After that collision, the white truck continued south on 121 and never stopped.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the wreck.