AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – We’ve learned that a third SCDOT worker was struck in Monday morning’s deadly hit and run.
Authorities say that a tan Pontiac Grand Prix traveling northbound struck the three SCDOT workers around 8:32 a.m.
Two of those workers, 54-year-old Anthony J. Redmond and 64-year-old Robert Clark were killed.
A third SCDOT worker suffered minor injuries.
Investigators later located the suspected vehicle with damage associated with collision somewhere away from the scene.
Troopers say they have arrested a man in connection to the hit and run. They tweeted Lonnie Dean Miller was arrested in connection with the hit and run.
It happened shortly before 9 a.m. Monday morning on Highway 421 at South Carolina highway 125, also known as Atomic Road.
SCDOT released the following statement:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is feeling great sorrow Monday morning, March 13, 2017 following the tragic incident that took the lives of two SCDOT workers while working on the shoulder on Augusta Road in Aiken County. A third crew member suffered a non-life-threatening injury.
SCDOT workers Tony Redmond and Robert Clark from Aiken County Maintenance lost their lives when apparently a motorist left the roadway and struck the crew. Mr. Redmond, age 54 had been employed by SCDOT since 1996. Mr. Clark, age 64, had been employed by SCDOT since 2012.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall says the entire agency is stunned by this tragic incident. “Our SCDOT family has suffered the loss of two of our team members this morning. While we mourn these losses, I would urge all South Carolinians to be cautious at all times while on the roads, and use extra care when approaching work zones. The men and women of SCDOT are dedicated public servants and we want them all to return home each night to their families,” said Hall. “Our hearts go out to the families and co-workers of Tony Redmond and Robert Clark during this terrible time,” Hall added.
SCDOT has recorded 35 incidents in modern times when SCDOT employees have been killed on the job. Since 2007, six SCDOT workers lost their lives. Three of those deaths occurred in 2015 and 2016.