A motorist has been charged after allegedly causing an accident that resulted in the death of a state trooper.
The patrolman was killed during a memorial motorcycle ride in Kershaw County, for another trooper who was also killed during duty. Highway Patrolman Jonathan Nash, 41-year-old was helping to provide an escort near Camden for the charity ride. Officials say patrol vehicles taking part in the procession had their lights activated as they traveled.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department handled the investigation because there were several Kershaw County deputies and other state troopers taking part in the ride. Investigators reconstructed the accident.
Richland Deputy Monique Mack says 79-year-old Audrey Barfield of Camden is being charged with failure to yield right-of-way because she turned directly into Nash’s motorcycle.
Mack says, “He was the sixth motorcycle in a string of motorcycles that had passed by. We know that Ms. Barfield made a left turn into the parking lot of the supermarket, and when she made that left turn, she turned right into trooper Nash’s motorcycle – actually knocking him through the intersection.”
Nash’s funeral was held Wednesday and was attended by hundreds of troopers and officers from several states, WYFF4 in Greenville reports.