AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – A suspect has been charged with a deadly hit-and-run that killed two South Carolina Department of Transportation workers.
Lonnie Dean Miller was arrested in connection to the accident.
Miller is charged with one count of leaving the scene involving an injury and two counts of leaving the scene involving a death.
A business owner nearby says the accident is a reminder that people need to slow down.
“It’s a hazardous place and I’m not surprised somebody hasn’t already been killed there,” Tommy Mims said.
For the last 37 years, Mims has run his outdoor equipment business here on Augusta Road in Beech Island.
Mims says speeders are such a huge issue in this area that he won’t let his children or grandchildren leave the driveway.
“I’m scared to go to the mail box, I mean seriously.” Mims said.
The business owner says the SCDOT has been working on the road right where the deadly accident happened for the last several years .
“Because it’s such a short shoulder and a deep drop off,” Mims said. “There needs to be a guard rail there.”
Mims was there when investigators located the car just a few yards from the scene at a mobile home park.
“We are in the process right now to positively identify that vehicle,”said Sgt. Bob Beres with the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Investigators say the car came under the bridge and ran off the right side of the road hitting three DOT workers.
Anthony Redmond and Robert Clark died at the scene.
A third DOT employee suffered minor injuries.
Investigators say it’s still unclear what work was being doing on the road.
It’s still an ongoing investigation.
“There aren’t barriers set up, there aren’t cones set up, so I don’t know how far D.O.T. was.” Beres said. “Is this a work zone, is this not a work zone? All of that is going to be looked at.”
The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled Tuesday morning in Newberry, South Carolina.