Troopers have cited an Anderson County deputy after crashing her patrol car and hitting a high school student.
Per Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 8 a.m. on May 30 along Old Greenville Highway.
Troopers said the car was traveling west and ran off the roadway to avoid hitting stopped traffic.
The vehicle struck a ditch and a culvert.
Troopers said they learned later that the car also struck a person. That person suffered only minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
The victim was Jordan Eyes, a 15-year-old Pendleton High School student. The crash happened near a bus stop.
The driver, Adrienne Therese McMahan of Anderson, was cited for driving too fast for conditions. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office confirmed McMahan is a deputy and was driving a marked vehicle at the time of the crash.
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said following the incident, he is partnering with Jordan to develop instructional videos to remind first responders of the dangers of distracted driving.
Jordan wanted to turn the nearly tragic incident into something positive for everyone. McBride and Jordan will also be development back-to-school bus safety reminders.
Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said a school bus driver took actions that may have saved the student's life. She didn't open the door, letting the student know not to cross the street. She also honked the bus horn and shouted to alert the student.
The district and family members of the student honored the bus driver privately for her heroic actions.
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