Crews on Tuesday were still cleaning up at the Aiken Training Track where a man allegedly fled the scene after crashing his SUV through a fence on Saturday, snapping a utility pole in half, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
William Thomas Pierron, 30, of Water Oak Drive in Windsor, was charged with careless driving and hit and run with property damage, according to Sgt. Jake Mahoney.
The wreck happened about 1:15 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to Aiken Training Track on Two Notch Road, where the paved portion of the roadway becomes dirt.
Pierron was traveling south on Two Notch Road in his 2005 Jeep when the vehicle ran off the road on the left while going through a curve, according to the accident report. The Jeep, which was traveling too fast for conditions, struck a wooden fence and a utility pole before overturning and coming to rest on its roof.
The vehicle was traveling an estimated 40 mph, according to the report.
“Officers were notified of the collision by witnesses who lived in the area,” Mahoney said. “Officers responded to the scene and investigated the collision but were not able to locate the driver.”
Pierron, who was not injured in the wreck, had fled the scene, Mahoney said. He turned himself in to Public Safety officers later on Saturday and accepted responsibility for the collision.
According to Aiken County court records, Pierron has multiple driving violations on his record, including speeding, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions.
Wallace Johnson and Darryl Holloway, groundskeepers for the Aiken Training Track, said they were cleaning the scene for about two hours on Tuesday.
In addition to a section of the wooden fence and utility pole, a caution light for equestrian crossing was also damaged, they said.
Pieces of the Jeep, including a chunk of the fender and a side mirror, were still at the scene.
“It’s regular, especially when it’s smooth,” Holloway said of motorists speeding down the dirt road. “They come through here speeding.”
Johnson said he’s been working at the track for 26 years and has seen at least five accidents during which a motorist crashed through the track’s wooden fence.
The Aiken Training Track will host the first round of the Aiken Triple Crown on March 16.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.