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A 20-year-old Bowman man died on Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Big Buck Boulevard.

He’s the third pedestrian to die in Orangeburg County in June.

Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle identified the victim as Shiheem Baker of Grassy Lane.

Baker was crossing Big Buck Boulevard at 9:05 p.m. when he was struck by a 2008 Honda driven by an 18-year-old, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Judd Jones.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, Jones said.

Baker died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

One night last week, 88-year-old Hercules Gilmore of Oaklane Drive died after an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle struck him on U.S. Highway 301.

Gilmore was wearing dark clothing, according to the SCHP.

The deputy is not facing charges.

A few days before that, William Rollins, 44, of Baxter Street, died after he ran into U.S. 301 and two vehicles struck him, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Neither of the drivers were injured. They are not facing charges.

As of June 28, 446 people have died on the state’s highways compared to 498 highway deaths during the same timeframe last year.

As of June 23, 80 pedestrians died on roadways in the Palmetto State, compared to 71 during the same time last year.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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