A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy was the sole contributor to a weekend crash in West Ashley, but he will not be ticketed, state troopers said Wednesday.
Deputy William Fawcett slowed for a red light at the intersection of Paul Cantrell Boulevard and Magwood Drive while he was responding to a traffic crash with injuries. Before he made it through the intersection, a Honda SUV struck the passenger side of his marked cruiser with its lights and sirens on.
Trooper Bridget Wyant of the S.C. Highway Patrol said investigators did not place any blame on the Honda’s driver.
Fawcett was deemed a “contributing factor,” but he would not get a traffic citation, the trooper said. Wyant said she could not say if that was because he had been responding to a call.
“You’re supposed to yield to a law enforcement vehicle,” she said. “But if you’re responding to a call, you also have to use due care and caution coming through an intersection.”
Fawcett and the driver of the Honda, Lucia Crull, 58, were hurt. They were treated at a hospital and released.
Maj. Mike Stanley of the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Fawcett was headed to an accident, but Stanley did not say where that crash had been reported.
Dashboard video shows Fawcett’s car responding from Savage Road and nearly stopping at Paul Cantrell Boulevard. The vehicle that hits his cruiser as it nears the far side of the intersection is never seen.
The cruiser had to cross about eight lanes of traffic before reaching Magwood Drive.
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