Fatal morning accident in Aiken

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a pickup in Aiken County Thursday morning.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, a 2002 Ford, driven by Dexter Smith, 46, of Aiken, was traveling east on Bettis Academy Road at 6:15 a.m. when it struck Gary Gregory, 51, of Graniteville.

Gregory was walking north on Bettis Academy Road when he attempted to cross over to Whaley Pond Road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Carlton said witnesses reported that Gregory stepped in front of the truck.

Gregory was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m., Carlton said. Toxicology tests are pending.

Smith and a 16-year-old passenger were not injured. Heavy rain may have been a factor in the incident, Carlton said.

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