Coroner ID’s Hopkins Crash Victim as Ridgeway Man

HOPKINS – A Ridgeway man was killed Monday night when the 2007 Toyota pickup truck he was driving crashed off Old Leesburg Road.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said John V. Cross, 33, of Blink Bonnie Road in Ridgeway, died from trauma inflicted by the crash. The wreck happened just after 8 p.m. Monday in the 6100 block of Old Leesburg Road near Annelinda Lane, south of Fort Jackson.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Cross was driving the pickup truck west on Old Leesburg Road when he ran off the left side of the road, struck several mailboxes and hit an embankment. Cross was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol said. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday morning.

The accident remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

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