June 6, 2014
NEWBERRY — Scotty Lee Ricketts, 23, of Newberry County died instantly after his moped collided with a tractor trailer Wednesday evening. The accident occurred at the intersection of Belfast Road and Glades Road near the Silverstreet community around 8:36 p.m.
According to Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton, Ricketts suffered multiple blunt force traumas. He was not wearing a helmet when he was ejected from the moped.
According to S.C. Highway Patrol, Ricketts’ moped collided with Richard Croft, 54, of Monroe, N.C., who was operating an international tractor trailer hauling turkeys. Croft was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
The accident is under investigation by the Newberry Coroner’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Belfast Road was closed for several hours due to the investigation. The Newberry County Sheriffs Department and Newberry County Rescue 14 assisted with the incident.