Deputy Kills Pedestrian in York County
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A 74-year-old man is dead and a Sheriff’s Deputy is on administrative leave after a patrol car hit the man. The accident happened early Sunday morning on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill.
The marks along Highway 901 are all that remain at the accident scene. The York County Sheriff’s Department says Deputy Clifton Conant hit and killed 74-year-old Anton Hornung Senior around 1:00 Sunday morning.
It’s a shock for Levi Boozer and his brother Dalton, who walk along this stretch of highway almost daily.
“I walk up to Arby’s and McDonald’s and it does kind of worry me that it was a York County Sheriff’s Car that hit him, so I don't understand how he didn't see him,” Levi Boozer says.
Details aren’t clear yet. Investigators are still trying to determine if speed was a factor and haven’t said whether the deputy was responding to a call.
“Maybe he didn’t see him, but it’s just unbelievable,” Dalton Boozer says.
Hornung Senior lived about ten miles away in York. FOX Charlotte talked with him at his home Sunday afternoon. He wouldn’t go on camera but said something like this wasn’t unexpected.
He describes his dad as somewhat of a nomad, traveling from place to place, but he says he made his peace with the Lord. And that’s a relief for his family, who says Hornung was a Holocaust survivor.
For now, the investigation has been taken over by the Highway Patrol. The York County Sheriff hopes to release more details soon.