ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. — A man has been charged with the hit and run at a SC Highway Patrol traffic safety checkpoint earlier this month.
Marion Lee Turner, III , 23, was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of attempted murder. Turner was charged with failure to stop for a blue light and reckless driving.
On June 10 SCHP troopers were conducting a traffic checkpoint near Till and Langley roads in Orangeburg County, a remote area east of Orangeburg.
Around 11 p.m. a dark-colored Honda initially approached the troopers before stopping, then reversing.
As troopers tried to get the driver to stop using verbal commands, Turner sped forward and hit one trooper.
“These troopers were out there attempting to make our community safer when this individual intentionally and recklessly went through this checkpoint, nearly killing two officers,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “He left them out there not knowing if they were dead or alive and his actions of leaving displayed how little he cared.”
SCHP Trooper Robert Gleich told the court during a hearing on Wednesday that as looked over to his partner lying on the ground as the car sped away, he didn’t know if his partner was dead.
“(Turner) tried to kill both of us that night,” Gleich said.
“He knew he hit me,” SCHP Trooper Micheal Burgess stated, seated in a wheelchair. “I had eye contact as I rolled over the hood.”
Burgess stated since that night, he’s been unable to work, drive or do “anything else.”
OCSO lead investigator John Stokes told the court that Turner left the two troopers in the roadway for dead.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick Dash said it wouldn’t be fair to either side to set bond.
“I’m pretty sure he knew he hit something if not someone,” he said. “I don’t feel this court needs to set bond today.”
Turner was picked out of a line up after information was developed as to who drove the vehicle that night.
The car was seized after it was located just over a week after the troopers were hit.