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Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in Augusta Road crash with deputy

Deputy's car towed away from fatal crash scene on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputy's car towed away from fatal crash scene on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Troopers and deputies respond to crash on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Troopers and deputies respond to crash on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Troopers and deputies respond to crash on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Troopers and deputies respond to crash on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Troopers and deputies respond to crash on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Troopers and deputies respond to crash on Augusta Road. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Drivers headed south on Augusta Road are detoured away from crash scene.  (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Drivers headed south on Augusta Road are detoured away from crash scene. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville County deputy coroner said a pedestrian was killed in a crash after he was hit by a deputy and two other cars on Augusta Road on Thursday.

According to the Highway Patrol and Greenville County dispatch, the accident happened on Augusta Road near Old Augusta Road about 5:35 a.m.

Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the Highway Patrol said a Greenville County deputy was involved in the crash with a pedestrian at the intersection and then there was a second crash with two more cars.

He said no other injuries were reported involving the deputy and two other vehicles.

Greenville County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jennings Autry said the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating, which is standard protocol with any deputy-involved wreck and an internal investigation by the sheriff's office will work to determine if there were any policy violations.

The Highway Patrol's MAIT team is investigating both wrecks and had Augusta Road closed until 12:15 p.m.

The coroner's office identified the victim as 65-year-old Johnny Melvin Crouch.

According to the coroner's report, Crouch was attempting to cross Augusta Road when he was struck by multiple vehicles. He died at the scene. 

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy involved in the accident did not have on his blue lights and was not responding to a call at the time. The deputy is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

A woman who lives within feet of the accident scene said the deputy was in obvious emotional pain after the crash.

"He was just saying 'Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god' that's all he was saying," said Jennifer Martin.

Martin and others who live nearby said there have been a number of recent changes to the intersection at Old Augusta and Augusta roads where the crash happened.

Residents who live in the area told FOX Carolina people often cross the highway at the intersection to get to a city bus stop or go to the Lil' Cricket. 

Laura Hines said the addition of turning lanes has made it dangerous for pedestrians to cross. She said her heart goes out to the Crouch's family and the deputy who hit him, but fears more accidents like this could happen unless something is done.

"They need a traffic light or a caution light. They need something out here," Hines said.

FOX Carolina tried talking to Crouch's family, who said they were too upset to talk about his passing.

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