Crime & Public Safety

Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in gated Hilton Head neighborhood

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office identified a pedestrian killed Friday on Hilton Head Island as 84-year-old Frank Junger, of Fogelsville, PA.

Junger had just arrived on the island when struck by a 2009 Chevrolet truck inside Shipyard Plantation about noon Friday, said Deputy Coroner David Ott on Sunday.

An autopsy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston determined he died from blunt force trauma, Ott said.

The accident happened on Town House Tennis III road, S.C. Highway Patrol spokesperson Lance Cpl. Matt Southern previously said.

The driver was not injured.

The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue performed CPR on Junger, Ott said.

“They did everything they could,” Ott said.

Junger was pronounced dead at 12:43 p.m. at the scene.

In an unrelated crash, Ron Titus, 84, of Hilton Head Island, was struck while taking a walk about a year ago in December 2018.

He was struck by a pick-up truck while crossing U.S. 278 on Wilborn Road near Jarvis Creek Park.

Teresa Moss is a crime and public safety reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked as a journalist for 16-years for newspapers in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.