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Highway patrol still investigating fatal wreck that injured deputy, K-9

The S.C. Highway Patrol still is investigating a wreck last week that killed a 22-year-old North Carolina man, hospitalized a Beaufort County sheriff's deputy and injured his canine partner.

Sid Gaulden, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Public Safety, said the patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team could wrap up its investigation later this month of the March 1 crash on Trask Parkway in Beaufort.

Gaulden said it typically takes up to 60 days for the team to finish crash investigations. Neither driver was ticketed in the crash.

Investigators say Cpl. Dan Martin, a Sheriff's Office K-9 officer, was traveling north on Trask Parkway when a 1999 Chrysler Sebring driven by an 18-year-old North Carolina man pulled in front of him near Stokes Brown Toyota. The Chrysler's driver was attempting to make a U-turn, according to the authorities.

The back-seat passenger in the Chrysler -- Christopher Brewington, 22, of Morganton, N.C. -- was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Cpl. Martin was released from Beaufort Memorial Hospital last week. His canine partner, Nero, had cuts to his two front paws that required 12 stitches and three staples.

Both are expected to return to regular duty later this month, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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