SUMTER COUNTY, SC – A head on collision near the town of Rembert claimed the life of a Sumter Police officer, says the Sumter Police Department.

The victim was confirmed by Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson to be 39-year-old Cpl. Charles “Chuck” Nesbitt Jr. Co-officers of Nesbitt described him as a dedicated 10-year veteran who truly cares about his work and others.

Deputy Chief Russell Roark added that “”He was very close with his wife and parents.” Along with that, Nesbitt is very dedicated in the community and someone you can rely on.
The incident occurred at about 3 in the afternoon on Highway 521 near Boykin Mill Road.

Nesbitt’s police car was travelling southbound when a silver Kia SUV, which was travelling northbound, crashed head-on with him.

Nesbitt was travelling with Master Patrolman James Cox as both of them were heading back after transporting a prisoner.

Both occupants inside the police car were rushed to KershawlHealth. Nesbitt was declared dead at about 4 in the afternoon whilst Cox received medical treatment with the injuries he sustained.

The driver of the Kia was identified by the Highway Patrol to be 43-year-old Micahel Grunder. Grunder was brought to Tuomey Hospital in Sumter County. The state of his condition was not released.

Investigation of the incident still continues. No criminal charges have been filed yet.
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