Video shows West Ashley crash involving Charleston County deputy

Deputy Sheriff crashes into woman in west ashley at the intersection of Paul Cantrell and Magwood Dr.( Leroy Burnell/postandcourier.com/5/19/2013 ) Buy this photo

A sheriff’s spokesman said this morning that a deputy was responding to a traffic crash with injuries Sunday afternoon when he got into a wreck of his own.

A video from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office cruiser shows the car slowing for a busy West Ashley intersection.

But as the cruiser nears the far side of Paul Cantrell Boulevard, where it had a red light, its dashboard camera records the sound of screeching tires and shattering glass as the video frame turns sideways, then goes dark.

Obtained Tuesday after The Post and Courier filed a Freedom of Information Act request, the video shows the traffic crash at Magwood Drive about 2:30 p.m.

A westbound Honda sport utility vehicle that had a green light on Paul Cantrell Boulevard struck the passenger side of Deputy William Fawcett’s cruiser. Both Fawcett and 58-year-old Lucia Crull, who was driving the Honda, were hurt.

Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Stanley said today that Fawcett was headed to an accident at the time.

The video, which does not include a speedometer reading, first shows Fawcett’s cruiser northbound on Savage Road, then turning left at Henry Tecklenburg Drive.

The deputy encounters little traffic in his own lane. His lights and siren are on.

Near a Lowe’s Home Improvement store, a car turns toward his travel lane, but it stops short.

At Paul Cantrell Boulevard, Fawcett’s cruiser approaches the intersection with no traffic in the lane to go straight. The cruiser nearly stops.

Fawcett steps on the gas, and the engine growls, but his cruiser is hit before making it to Magwood Drive. Crull’s SUV is never visible.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck and has not said whether any citations will be issued.


Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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