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Police officer involved in fatal collision on paid leave pending internal investigation

Bishopville Police Chief Calvin Collins Bishopville Police Chief Calvin Collins

A Bishopville City Police corporal who was involved in a fatal collision is now on paid administrative leave, Bishopville Police Chief Calvin Collins said at a press conference Sunday.

Vincent Jackson, 24, of Sumter, was killed when he and 35-year-old Cpl. Roniea Conyers collided on US 15 near Colony Road just before 11 p.m. Friday.

Sgt. Bob Beres with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Conyers was traveling north on US 15 in her patrol car with lights on but no sirens when Jackson was traveling west on Colony Road.

Jackson attempted to travel south on US 15 when the collision occurred, Beres said.

"I would like to extend my condolences to the Jackson family concerning this tragic event," Collins said. "I can assure you the Bishopville Police Department values the lives of all our citizens and is dedicated to provide a selfless service in everything that we do. We have good employees that are dedicated to life preservation and we continue to serve our citizens here in Bishopville and outside the community."

Conyers was treated at Tuomey Medical Center and released, Collins said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the accident and it may be up to a week until they can determine who was at fault, Beres said.

Due to an internal investigation, Collins declined comment on where Conyers was going and if it's protocol to have lights on but no sirens.

"Through policy and procedure, there is a protocol that we do follow but due to the fact that there is an internal inquiry going on and this time, at this moment I can't discuss that," Collins said.

Conyers has been with the Bishopville Police Department for five years, Collins said.

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