Car in fatal St. Helena crash stolen from Beaufortonian

February 18, 2014 

A man killed Friday in a collision on St. Helena Island was driving a car he had stolen from the Beaufort resident who hired him to repair it, a police spokeswoman said.

Luther Lynard III, 27, of St. Helena met the vehicle's owner at about 10 a.m. Jan. 27 on Robert Smalls Parkway, offering to do work on a 2000 Ford Taurus because he needed money, Cpl. Hope Able of the Beaufort Police Department said.

The man brought Lynard to his home on Pigeon Point Road, where Lynard finished the work at about 7 p.m. After the man paid Lynard, Lynard asked for water. When the man left to get water, Lynard took the car, Able said.

At 1:05 p.m. Friday, Lynard collided with a Ford F-150 on Sea Island Parkway while fleeing a deputy who had spotted him in the Taurus about five minutes earlier, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Lynard turned onto Sea Island Parkway from Eddings Point Road and sped away on the parkway toward Lady's Island, running a red light at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive intersection, the report said.

Lynard passed through another red light at the intersection of Polowana Road, and the deputy lost sight of him on a curve near Bird Foot Road, the report said.

When the deputy caught up, Lynard had crossed into the southbound lane of U.S. 21 and struck the pickup head-on, according to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Lynard, who Wimberly said was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen.

The pickup driver and his wife were wearing seat belts, Wimberly said. They were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

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