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South Carolina Officer Charged in March Crash



A South Carolina Transport Police officer has been charged with driving too fast for conditions after a crash last month.

The crash happened about 9 a.m. March 4 in the 3200 block of Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors.

According to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, state Transport Police Officer Gerald Sims Jr., of Greenville, was westbound on Wade Hampton Boulevard when a car driven by Thomas Hancock, of Taylors, turned left onto Rutherford Road in front of Sims. They said that Sims' vehicle hit Hancock's vehicle on the passenger's side. They said the crash extensively damaged both vehicles.

The Sheriff's Office said their investigators determined that Sims was traveling at 74 mph in a 45-mph zone at the time of the crash, but Sims' vehicle had the right-of-way.

Investigators said the case was sent to the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office for review. They said prosecutors decided to charge Sims in connection with the crash on Wednesday.


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