The part-owner of an Anderson County flea market was hit and killed by a car in front of the business over the weekend.
Authorities say 25-year-old Joseph “Mich” McClellion of Anderson was hit by a drunk driver just before noon on Saturday. The incident occurred across the street from the Anderson Jockey Lot in the town of Williamston. The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said McClellion died about an hour later at a Greenville hospital from blunt force trauma.
The Coroner’s Office said McClellion was standing by the side of Highway 29 helping a woman who had driven her car off the road at the time. McClellion was reportedly talking on his cell phone when 28-year-old Christopher Martin of Pelzer lost control of his vehicle and struck McClellion. Deputies say Martin was under the influence at the time.
Another man, 45-year-old James McClellan, was injured when Martin’s car drove over his foot.
McClellion was the son of Richard McClellion, who opened the flea market in 1974. The 65-acre market claims up to 60,000 visitors each weekend, according to its website.
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports the crash continues an extremely tragic year for the McClellion family. Richard McClellion passed away in June after an extended illness. Another son, 15-year-old Jet McClellion, died in a September crash after visiting his father’s grave.