David Rak, of 302 Lanewood Drive, in Greenville, could be charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, grand larceny, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol following the Saturday night incident that landed the 19-year-old man in the intensive care unit of Greenville Memorial Hospital.
According to a police incident report on file with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 9 p.m., Rak was driving west on S.C. 11, toward Oconee County, when he approached an oncoming truck, driven by Ashville resident Tony Raines, who was traveling east, on S.C. 11.
Raines later told a sheriff’s deputy that the vehicle driven by Rak swerved into the lane he was traveling and struck his vehicle, causing damage to the left side and knocking out the left, rear axel, the incident report said.
When Raines left his vehicle to speak with Rak about the collision, the young man allegedly told the victim that he was trying to kill himself, the report said.
While the two men were talking, a second vehicle, driven by Tommy Dutton, of Georgia, also traveling S.C. 11, approached, the report said.
“Raines then stated that Rak stated ‘hold on’ and then stepped out into the oncoming traffic, causing the vehicle to hit Rak,” the report said.
The impact of the vehicle striking Rak threw the man over the guardrail and into a ditch, the report stated.
After Dutton was able to stop his vehicle and return to the scene, he and Raines notified the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office about the accident, the report said.
About five minutes following the accident, Rak was able to leave the ditch, climbed over the guardrail and was approaching Dutton’s car, which was still occupied by the man’s four-year-old son and another passenger, the report said.
Both men told Rak to remain where he was until law enforcement could arrive, but he continued to walk toward the second vehicle, the report said.
Dutton then hit Rak with a closed fist, and then removed his son and the passenger from the car, telling them to stand to the side of the highway and away from Rak, the report stated.
Once the child and passenger were both out of the vehicle, Rak jumped into the car and sped away, driving east on S.C. 11, for about two miles, after which he lost control of the car and crashed, the report said.
The man was transported to Greenville Memorial, where he underwent surgery to repair a collapsed lung and was placed in the intensive care unit, the report said.
Officials with the S.C. Highway Patrol spoke with Rak in the hospital, at which time the man allegedly said he was taking polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the report said.