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Bond denied for driver after wife says husband fatally struck on I-26 while helping help with her oxygen tank

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Roberta and Donald Bain (Source: Roberta Bain) Roberta and Donald Bain (Source: Roberta Bain)
Scene of crash on I-26 at MM 29 (FOX Carolina/ March 30, 2018) Scene of crash on I-26 at MM 29 (FOX Carolina/ March 30, 2018)
Scott Simpson (Source: SCSO) Scott Simpson (Source: SCSO)

Troopers said one driver was arrested and another vehicle is being sought after a series of crashes that shut down I-26 West and tragically claimed a man's life in Spartanburg County.

Troopers with the SC Highway Patrol said the first crash happened around 11 p.m. at mile marker 29.

In the first crash, troopers said a 2009 Chevy sedan struck the rear of a 2016 Subaru. Both cars ran off opposite sides of the road.

Troopers said the driver of the Subaru got out of the car and was struck by a 2006 Ford around 11:12 p.m. The impact knocked the man into the roadway and then the Ford crashed into the Subaru.

Another unknown vehicle then struck the man lying in the roadway. That vehicle did not stop.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Donald Ray Bain, 80, of Ransdale Drive in Spartanburg died at the scene. 

Bain was riding with his wife, Roberta, who said she was having trouble breathing and running low on oxygen after they exited their car following the first wreck. She said her husband was trying get a key to her oxygen tank when he was hit by the Ford. She said Bain was trying to take care of her when he was struck and killed in front of her.

Roberta said they had been married for 58 years.

Troopers said the driver of the Chevy from the first crash ran from the scene on foot and was later arrested. They identified the driver as Scott Simpson, 40, of Inman. Simpson was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, and leaving the scene of a crash.

Simpson's charges were later upgraded to felony DUI resulting in death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Troopers said the driver and four passengers in the Ford were all injured and taken to the hospital. There was no word on their condition.

I-26 West was closed for several hours while troopers worked to clear the wreckage and investigate the crashes. Lanes reopened just before 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The MAIT team is continuing to investigate.

Simpson's bond was denied for his felony DUI charge on Saturday. Bond was set at $650 for the charge of driving under suspension, and $25,000 for leaving the scene of an accident with death.

He gave a statement during his hearing, apologizing to the victim and his family. Simpson said the crash is something that is stuck in his head.

Roberta Bain also gave a statement during the hearing, expressing sympathy for Simpson's family. She expressed forgiveness for Scott Simpson and said her husband would probably have forgiven him as well. 

Bain said she hopes the court does the right thing to prevent something like this from happening again.

Donald Ban's daughter in law also spoke of her father during the hearing.

“He was willing to do anything to help," said Tina Bain. "He was just very loving nurturing. I just can’t speak highly enough about how much he meant to everyone and how much he was loved and how badly he will be missed.”

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