A St. Helena Island man was killed Friday after the stolen car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol and Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Luther Lynard III, 27, was traveling north on Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island at about 1:05 p.m. when he crossed into a southbound lane and struck a Ford F-150, 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, Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen said.
The driver of the pickup truck, 57-year-old John Holden of Lady's Island, and his wife were wearing seat belts, Wimberly said.
They were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, though their conditions -- and the name of Holden's wife -- were not available Friday afternoon from the Highway Patrol.
About five minutes before the crash, a deputy went to the Eddings Point Road area because of a report of a man driving a stolen, red vehicle, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said. The deputy saw a man leaving the area in a red Ford Taurus and approached him, she said.
Lynard reportedly took off after he saw the deputy, who did not pursue him. The man then collided with the pickup truck near a Beaufort County convenience center, McIntosh said.
In March, Lynard pled guilty to a hit and run with injuries, according to court records.
On Friday, crews shut down the Sea Island Parkway in both directions at the wreck scene for about an hour and a half.
The Beaufort Police Department is investigating the theft of the Taurus, McIntosh said.
Attempts Friday afternoon to reach police department spokeswoman Cpl. Hope Able were unsuccessful.
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