Deputy charged, hurt in 3-vehicle Lancaster County crash, officials say

The crash happened Wednesday morning on Highway 521 near Possum Hollow Road.
A Lancaster County deputy and K-9 were hurt in crash on Wednesday morning.
Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 1:33 PM EST
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LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - A deputy was charged and hurt after a three-vehicle crash in Lancaster County on Wednesday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

The crash happened on Highway 521 near Possum Hollow Road, close to Transformation Church.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said Thomas Vitek, a deputy with the department since December 2018, and K-9 were in a marked truck; Vitek and the dog were taken to hospitals but are expected to be OK.

Troopers say a Dodge Ram was traveling southbound on 521, and a Jeep was stopped by the stop sign on Possum Hollow Road facing east. Vitek, driving a Chevrolet pickup owned by Lancaster County, was headed northbound on the highway, tried to turn left from 521 onto Possum Hollow Road, and was hit by the Dodge Ram traveling south.

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Vitek’s Chevrolet pickup truck, owned by Lancaster County, overturned and hit the Jeep. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, nobody was injured except Vitek, who was charged with failure to yield the right of way.

As of now, Vitek remains with the sheriff’s office as they haven’t done an investigation yet to determine whether the policy was followed during the crash.

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