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      Marion County sheriff deputy's driver's license suspended before deadly wreck

      File image of the scene of the deadly wreck

      The driver's license of a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy who struck and killed a man on his moped last Wednesday was suspended at the time of the accident, according to Marion County Sheriff Mark Richardson.

      Richardson said the deputy's license had been suspended since February for failure to pay a speeding ticket.

      Richardson added the ticket was issued in another county.

      He said his office does license checks on all their deputies once a year, and in August the check on this deputy came back clear.

      Richardson said he learned after the wreck that the deputy's license had been suspended.

      Richardson said the deputy has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

      His name still isn't being released. We are waiting to learn when the sheriff's office learned of the officer's suspended license.

      The deputy was responding to assist a Highway Patrol officer when he struck and killed Kenneth Killingsworth, 68, on his moped last Wednesday on Gapway Street in Mullins.

      Killingsworth died of massive head and body trauma, according to Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson.

      The dash camera inside the deputy's patrol car wasn't working at the time of the accident, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

      The Florence County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deadly wreck.

      Captain Michael Nunn, with the Florence County Sheriff's Office, said they'll try to determine how fast the deputy was driving when the wreck happened.

      We'll continue to post updates to this story.