Troopers said an arrest has been made after a man was struck by a vehicle in his driveway early Saturday morning and died.
Per the coroner, 59-year-old James Timothy Drummond was pronounced dead at approximately 7:15 a.m. after he was struck by a vehicle in his driveway on the 2400 block of Suddeth Road in Greer shortly before 1 a.m.
Drummond was transported to Greenville Memorial Trauma Center after the incident where he later died from his injuries.
Troopers said Drummond was hit by a 1999 Mercury minivan which fled the scene. Troopers said they were able to locate and arrest the driver.
Raymond Lamar Brown Jr., 40, of Greer was charged with fleeing the scene and driving under suspension.
Drummond’s family is now grieving his loss.
Pierce Drummond, the victim’s son, said he’s finding comfort in the memories they shared together. He said it was always smiles when they were outdoors.
“No problems with the rest of the world,” Pierce said. “It was just me and my dad.”
Every little memory popped back up as Pierce fixed his camo hat, a gift from his dad just days ago. He remembers the time they caught a massive fish in the pond across the street and when they decided to work on restoring an old car.
“I’m just realizing that I’m doing it by myself and not with my dad now,” Pierce said. “That’s the hardest part.”
Most recently, he said he remembers their talks about the upcoming deer season. It’s their father-son tradition, to go out hunting every year on James’ birthday, the trip falling just days after his tragic death. Pierce said this year was going to be special. Together, they were breaking in a new cross bow.
“The season just opened and we didn’t get to hunt one time,” Pierce said. “I’m going to miss that for the rest of my life. For the rest of my life, but he’ll be there with me.”
The son said he’s still in shock, and he’s not the only one. His mom was teary-eyed looking at old pictures.
“He was a good man, we’re going to miss him,” said Drummond. “But he’s in a better place right now.”
Reminders are left all around them. The Drummond’s said orange spray paint and tire marks are all they can see now. For Pierce, it’s also those final moments with his dad in the driveway.
“I knew he was hurt bad,” Pierce said. “I thought he might pull through because he was breathing, but he didn’t make it.”
The only son said on Thursday, his dad’s birthday, he’ll still wake up early to go hunting, determined to make his dad proud.
“He was irreplaceable,” Pierce said. “He was the perfect dad.”
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