Identity of S.C. 31 traffic fatality victim released

A man was killed Monday night after a two-car crash on S.C. 31 and three others were taken to a local hospital.

William Johnson Jr., 68, of North Myrtle Beach was transported to Grand Strand Medical Center where he died at 11:08 p.m., according to Tamara Willard, deputy coroner with Horry County.

The crash happened about 9:50 p.m. on S.C. 31 North just south of Robert Grissom Parkway, authorities said.

A 2003 Chevrolet pulling a trailer, and traveling north, pulled over on S.C. 31 near the Robert Grissom Parkway exit to check on the trailer. The truck was then rear-ended by Johnson, who was wearing his seatbelt and driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Tahoe then went down an embankment, SCHP authorities said.

Three people traveling in the 2003 pickup truck were also taken to a hospital for treatment, SCHP officials said.

The highway patrol is still investigating the crash, and no charges had been filed immediately after the incident.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend