Man dies in pedestrian-freightliner wreck on I-95 near Sumter; coroner, S.C. Highway Patrol seek help identifying victim


Sumter County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol are working to identify the victim of a fatal vehicle-versus-pedestrian wreck that occurred early Monday.

Master Trooper Brittany Glover reported the wreck occurred at about 1 a.m. along Interstate 95, nearly six miles east of Mayesville. The driver of the 2023 freightliner was traveling south as the pedestrian was walking north on the southbound lane shoulder when the two collided.

First responders from Sumter with mutual aid from Clarendon County responded to the scene. The male pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene because of his injuries, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker. An autopsy has been scheduled for later this week at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Baker and Highway Patrol are seeking the public's help to identify the victim. According to Baker, he is a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has short black hair with a goatee and brown eyes. He has three tattoos in all black ink and are described by Baker as:

  • A five-point star on the middle of the left forearm
  • A paw print on the upper left back
  • What appears to be a cursive “G” with a small star-like symbol on both sides just below the neckline in the middle of the back

Anyone with information that may help in identifying him is asked to call Sumter County Coroner’s Office at (803) 436-2111.

An investigation is ongoing by Sumter County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol.