Driver charged in accident that injured off-duty bike deputy

Emergency responders help off-duty Columbia County Sheriff's Office bicycle Deputy Mark Benson, who was hit by a truck Jan. 7.

An Evans woman has been charged in a Jan. 7 accident that seriously injured an off-duty Columbia County Sheriff’s Office bicycle deputy.

Kathy Howle, 38, was charged with driving too fast for conditions, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.

Police say she was driving her Ford F-150 truck along Furys Ferry Road in McCormick County about 3:15 p.m. when she hit off-duty Deputy Mark Benson, who was riding his bicycle on the edge of the road.

Benson, 60, of Augusta, is in good condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. A 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Benson is assigned to the Special Operations Division Bike Patrol, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

A motorist traveling behind Howle’s truck said several other vehicles passed Benson, but Howle’s truck hit him. Benson was airlifted to the hospital for treatment.

 

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