Blythewood Man Killed in Crash

A Blythewood man was killed and two others injured Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Fairfield County.

Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Ryan Aaron Fleming, 24, of Friendly Woods Road in Blythewood, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday after the 1997 Ford pickup truck he was driving ran off the right side of Durham Place Road around 7:35 p.m., overturning and striking a tree. Fleming was traveling southbound, approximately 7 miles north of Ridgeway, when the truck left the roadway. Fleming was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Two passengers in the truck, Joshua Robinson, 22, and Dana Merit, 26, both also from Blythewood, were injured in the accident and were not wearing seat belts, the Highway Patrol said. Both were transported by ambulance to Palmetto Richland and later released.

Ramsey said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, but added that a toxicology report is pending in the case. The accident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.