Investigation into fatal Port Royal firetruck crash continues

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comMarch 18, 2012 

More than three weeks after a Marine was charged with murder for allegedly stealing a Port Royal firetruck and striking and killing a pedestrian, authorities continue to investigate the fatal crash and other collisions the man is said to have caused on Ribaut Road.

The S.C. Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team has not concluded its investigation of the Feb. 24 crash that killed Justin Miller, 28, of Port Royal as he walked along Ribaut Road with his brother, said Cpl. Bob Beres.

When the team's investigation is completed, a report detailing its findings will be made public, but Beres said he did not know when that would happen.

The Highway Patrol charged Marine Pvt. Kalvin Hunt last month with murder and six counts of hit-and-run with injuries related to crashes he allegedly caused while behind the wheel of the firetruck.

Hunt had been in the Beaufort County Detention Center after waiving his right to a bond hearing on the murder charge earlier this month. He was later transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Columbia, according to Corey Fleming, his attorney.

Attempts last week to reach jail officials for details on what prompted the transfer were unsuccessful.

During a court hearing Thursday, Fleming also said Hunt, who is appealing a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps, is suffering from "significant psychological problems."

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