James Ashton Cleveland Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Highway 17 in Jasper County, SC
UPDATE (March 16, 2023): Recent information identified the man killed in the accident as 43-year-old James Ashton Cleveland. Additional details are still under investigation.
Jasper County, SC -- March 13, 2023, one person was killed and another was injured after an accident on US 17 involving a tractor-trailer.
Authorities were called to the area of Highway 17 and Okeetee Road at approximately 4:28 p.m. It appears that a Nissan car was going northbound along the highway. Somehow, a collision occurred with a southbound tractor-trailer. Due to this, the driver of the Nissan was killed. The truck driver had unspecified injuries.
Right now, there is no further information available. It seems pretty clear that someone crossed the center line, but that can happen for all kinds of complex possible factors. Perhaps in the coming days, authorities will be able to shed light on what exactly went wrong here. But I've seen officers make mistakes with crossovers because they were quick to jump to conclusions. My hope is whoever ends up handling these details is thorough enough to let the evidence speak for itself so the victim's loved ones get the answers they deserve.