A Kershaw County magistrate judge denied bond for a 26-year-old North Carolina man charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) with felony DUI resulting in death following a fatal early morning three-car collision Friday on I-20.
According to online Kershaw County Detention Center records, judge denied bond for Bruce Edward Clark, 26, of Laurinburg, N.C. SCHP troopers also charged Clark with felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and not having a driver’s license. The judge set a total cash/surety bond on those two charges at $50,232.50.
According to Kershaw County Coroner David West, another Laurinburg, N.C., man -- 63-year-old Charles Harrell Grooms -- was riding in the bed of Clark’s pickup truck. West said Grooms died of blunt force trauma around 6:10 a.m. at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia.
SCHP Lance Cpl. David Jones said Clark had parked his 1997 Nissan pickup truck -- with no lights on -- in the left lane of I-20 eastbound near mile marker 87. A Honda Accord being driven by a Camden man, whom Jones said was wearing a seatbelt, struck Clark's pickup.
West said Grooms was ejected from the bed of the pickup by the collision.
The force of the collision then caused the Honda to enter another lane where it was struck by a tractor trailer being driven by a Raleigh, N.C., man. Jones said the man driving the Honda was also taken to Palmetto Health Richland and was listed in serious condition.
Jones said Clark was also wearing a seatbelt, but was injured and taken to KershawHealth for treatment before being arrested and charged.
Later Friday, West reported another traffic fatality. He said just after 4 p.m., Bryan Michael Chubb, 35, of Columbia lost control of his motorcycle on White Pond Road at Smithfield Circle in Elgin, ran off the road and was ejected from the motorcycle. West said Chubb was taken to KershawHealth by Kershaw County EMS where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. He said Chubb was not wearing a helmet and suffered massive head and body trauma.