COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Ladson man who was struck by a car while moving a tree out of the roadway in Colleton County has died from his injuries, his family has confirmed.
Michael "Woody" Woodrum died Saturday night, according to members of his family.
"We went into see him last night for the final time and he had a little smile on his face," Pat Woodrum, his mother, said at a gathering of friends and family Sunday afternoon. "And I know that's how he wants to be remembered because he was just a happy, happy, happy kid. He was a happy young man and he brought joy to a lot of people."
The incident happened in the 13,500 block of Cottageville Highway at 8:20 p.m. Friday.
Officials with the Cottageville County Fire and Rescue Department say witnesses reported the man was attempting to remove a fallen tree from the highway.
"Multiple trees were down around the county due to the winds and rain related to Hurricane Hermine," CCFR officials said."This incident occurred just east of Sullivan's Ferry Road in rainy conditions on a dark rural stretch of highway."
According to a report, witnesses said the man was out of his vehicle moving the fallen tree when he was struck by a Mercedes; according to authorities the speed limit is 55 mph.
"The Mercedes also struck the tree," CCFR officials said.
Authorities said the man suffered multiple trauma injuries and was unconscious in the roadway.
"An off-duty EMT from another agency stopped to render aid until Fire-Rescue units arrived," CCFR officials said."Firefighter-Paramedics on Medic 9 immobilized the patient. He was quickly treated at the scene, then transported emergent to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical in Summerville where he was taken for surgery."
CCFR officials said traffic on Cottageville Highway was blocked for 45 minutes and down to one lane for two hours while the SC Highway Patrol investigated the crash.
"The driver and passenger in the Mercedes were transported by Medic 19 to Colleton Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries," CCFR officials said."SCDOT crews responded to remove the tree."