Nude Man Steals S.C. Fire Truck; Strikes, Kills Pedestrian

Nude Man Steals S.C. Fire Truck; Strikes, Kills Pedestrian

News Feb 25, 2012

Feb. 25--A pedestrian walking along Ribaut Road was struck and killed Friday afternoon by a man who stole a Port Royal firetruck as firefighters answered a medical call.

Firefighters from the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department were sent at about 4 p.m. to Laurel Hill apartments on Ribaut Road, department spokesman Capt. John Robinson said.

While firefighters were tending to the call, a man, who was not identified Friday and who witnesses said was nude, jumped into their fire engine and sped off down Ribaut Road toward Beaufort, Robinson said.

Brana Rogerson of Lady's Island said she narrowly avoided a collision with the stolen engine, which plowed into six or seven other vehicles at the intersection of Ribaut Road and Lady's Island Drive before zooming away.

"I've never seen a fire truck come out of nowhere like that," Rogerson said. "The truck didn't have its lights on. I knew it wasn't a fireman behind the wheel. It was faster than I've ever seen any fire truck go, and I've seen my fair share of fire trucks."

Investigators said that as the suspect tore down Ribaut Road, he struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking with his brother near the Dollar General store. His brother was unharmed.

The pedestrian, whose name was not released Friday, was pronounced dead at the scene, Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen said. Allen would say only that he was an adult male.

The collision with the pedestrian appears to have caused the man to lose control of the fire truck. It crashed into a wooded area between the store and a nearby bowling alley, authorities said.

The crash badly damaged the truck and trapped the man inside, Beaufort Police Deputy Chief Dale McDorman said.

McDorman said the crash was not the result of a police pursuit.

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When a Beaufort County paramedic and two Beaufort police officers tried to free the man from the wreckage, the suspect began fighting them, McDorman said.

The man was then subdued, arrested and taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, McDorman said.

The officers and the paramedic also were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries they suffered during the scuffle.

Upon his release, McDorman said Beaufort police will charge the suspect with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Port Royal Police likely will charge him in connection with the theft of the fire truck, and any charges stemming from the numerous collisions the suspect is believed to have caused, McDorman said.

The S.C. Highway Patrol will file any charges brought in connection with the pedestrian's death.

Police closed a section of Ribaut Road between Allison Road and First Boulevard, snarling traffic for hours as Highway Patrol officials investigated the crash.

Allen said he will release the identity of the pedestrian victim today, once family members have been notified.

"His brother is in shock right now," Allen said. "We're trying to round up his family and help give him the support he needs."

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