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Pedestrian killed after Clemson University NIT game

Clemson pedestrian fatality

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver on Highway 93 the evening of March 15 near Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum. Caitlin Herrington/Staff

CLEMSON — Orange spray paint marks where a vehicle’s tires stopped on state Highway 93 during a fatal collision the night of March 15 downhill from Littlejohn Coliseum where Clemson men’s basketball team had just played a postseason game.

There among the paint marks and police tape is where 68-year-old Robert Barrett was killed after authorities said he was struck by a vehicle. A university student was charged with driving under the influence in relation to the crash.

Beyond that basic information, Clemson University declined to provide more details, as did the Pickens County Coroner's Office.

The student was charged with a first offense of DUI less than .10 blood alcohol level related to the crash. Clemson University would not say whether that student was the driver who hit the pedestrian.

Barrett was struck and killed around 8:47 p.m. March 15, Pickens County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew Wilson said. When asked, Wilson declined to provide more information and said autopsy results would take six to eight weeks.

The basketball game — a first-round exit for Clemson in the National Invitation Tournament against Morehead State — ended about 20 minutes later.

The student posted a $992 bail. University spokesman Joe Galbraith confirmed the student was arrested and charged with DUI but declined to comment further, citing an open investigation by the Clemson University Police Department.

The collision happened about 50 feet from the nearest crosswalk. Galbraith said he could not speak to the traffic control situation at the time.

A court date is scheduled for April 5.

Caitlin Herrington contributed to this story.

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