Driver ejected following high-speed chase


For the Press and Standard

GREEN POND – A Charleston man was critically injured Monday night after he was ejected during a high-speed crash along U.S. 17, officials said.

First responders said that a southbound Honda CR-V struck a guard rail in a curve while traveling on the in the 12,000 block of ACE Basin Parkway near Balchem Lane, close to the unincorporated community of Green Pond, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The vehicle struck a guard rail at a curve in the road and flipped several times. “The car crossed back over both southbound lanes, the median, and both northbound lanes before landing on its roof in a swamp,” said officials with Colleton County Fire Rescue.

Officials said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected, thrown onto the asphalt cross-over in the median. He was found face down, unconscious, in the roadway, and had suffered multiple traumatic injuries and a head injury.

A medical helicopter was requested as crews began treating the man’s injuries. He was transported from the scene to a nearby field to meet with the CARE Flight helicopter. Crews performed advanced airway techniques to secure his airway. before being airlifted to the trauma center at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.

Fire units were on the scene for four hours assisting troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.

Barry McRoy is the Colleton County Fire-Rescue Fire Chief.