Barnwell police officer recovering after wreck

A Barnwell police officer and a juvenile are recovering after being struck by a car over the weekend.


About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a Barnwell police officer stopped his patrol car along S.C. Highway 3 to talk to a juvenile who was walking down the wrong side of the road, said Lance Cpl. Brent Kelly, of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, of the Highway Patrol, identified the officer as James Hutto.

As Hutto was talking with the juvenile, Sarah Wallace, 84, of Barnwell, was driving her 2004 Buick southbound on S.C. 3. She “struck the patrol vehicle in the side, pushing the patrol vehicle into the officer and the individual as they were standing out beside the car,” said Lance Cpl. Kelly.

Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt said Hutto was knocked approximately 40 feet.

The officer and juvenile, whose name has also not been released, were taken to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Their conditions are not known, though a post by the Barnwell Police Department on its Facebook page said the officer was “critically injured.” Gantt said he is “making improvements.”

Wallace and her three passengers were taken to the Barnwell County Hospital with minor injuries, said Kelly.

As of press time, no charges have been filed and the collision is “still under investigation” by the SCHP, said Jones.