Deputy responding to 911 call strikes, kills pedestrian

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By HEATHER WALTERS

A deputy with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office has been placed on paid administrative leave after he struck and killed a pedestrian.
On June 4th, at about 1:17 a.m., Cpl. Isaiah Bharenburg, 24, struck a pedestrian in the roadway on S.C. Highway 63 near Cobb Court.
According to information provided by the S.C. Highway Patrol, Bharenburg was driving his 2019 Dodge Charger when he struck and killed the pedestrian.
The charger is registered to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, there were no other vehicles involved in the incident.
Following the incident, Bharenburg was taken to Colleton Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries. He has since been released from the hospital. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Bahrenburg was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident.
The pedestrian died at the scene, according to Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey.
The pedestrian is identified as 60-year-old Lloyd Smalls of Yemassee.
On Tuesday, June 4th, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office released a statement about the incident, which had occurred earlier in the morning.
According to that statement, the crash occurred in a “poorly lit area of Sniders Highway” and occurred while deputies were en route to a 911-emergency call for help.
“While responding to that call, Cpl. Isaiah Bahrenburg hit a man with his patrol vehicle. The man was in the road when the Dodge Charger struck him,” according to the statement released by the sheriff’s office. “He was immediately provided medical care but died as a result of his injuries.”
Cpl. Bahrenburg has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office conducts an “internal investigation,” as stated by Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Shalane Lowes in a press release issued on Tuesday, June 4th.
According to her, Cpl. Bahrenburg has been a deputy with the sheriff’s office for three years.
This incident is under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation (MATE) Team. No other details can be released at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation.

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