Crime & Public Safety

Beaufort Co. man in critical condition after being pinned by truck during dispute

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to this home on Miller Drive in Burton on Thursday after they say a man hit another man with his truck during a dispute, knocking him under an adjacent mobile home.
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to this home on Miller Drive in Burton on Thursday after they say a man hit another man with his truck during a dispute, knocking him under an adjacent mobile home. sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com

As an officer drove to a call in an out-of-the-way neighborhood in northern Beaufort County on Thursday, two shirtless men ran from one of the homes to flag him down.

They pointed the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputy to a nearby mobile home, where screams and cries could be heard. A group of people huddled at one end of the brown building, trying to lift it and free a man trapped underneath.

That’s from a deputy’s report after a dispute Thursday evening escalated into a man driving a silver Dodge pickup truck into another man, pinning him beneath the truck and mobile home.

Firefighters used an airbag to lift the building and free the man. He was hospitalized at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

The man was in critical condition Friday afternoon, an MUSC spokeswoman said. No charges had been filed in the case as of Friday afternoon.

Witnesses told deputies the men were arguing and that one of the men drove a truck toward the other, pinning him under the truck and the building. A woman got in the truck and backed it up, she told officers.

The dispute stemmed from an earlier fight at the property involving a woman and her boyfriend, who was staying in the house, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

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