Fatal crash in Lexington County results in reckless homicide charge

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision in the 4200 block of US 321 near Garners Terrace, Gaston, in Lexington County Saturday.

The incident occurred at 7:03 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
A 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling south on US 321 when it was hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The driver of the Expedition ran off the road, over-corrected and overturned. The passenger in the Expedition was ejected and killed. The Expedition driver was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

According to Lexington County Coroner Margret Fisher, Mr. Jeff Coswell, 49, of Columbia was the passenger who died. 

Royce David Kopacz, Jr. 54, fled the scene, said Southern, but he was apprehended at 9:40 p.m.

Kopacz was charged with reckless homicide and felony hit and run involving death, said Southern. He was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision on US 321 near Garners Terrace in Lexington County Saturday.

The incident occurred at 7:03 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
A 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling south on US 321 when it was hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The driver of the Expedition ran off the road, over-corrected and overturned. The passenger in the Expedition was ejected and killed. The Expedition driver was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Royce David Kopacz, Jr. 54, fled the scene, said Southern, but he was apprehended at 9:40 p.m.

Kopacz was charged with reckless homicide and felony hit and run involving death, said Southern. He was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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