Coroner’s office identifies victim in deadly crash involving on-duty Horry County officer


HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating after a vehicle registered to Horry County Government was one of two vehicles in a crash Sunday night, leaving one person dead in Horry County.

Around 11:27 p.m. Sunday, troopers were sent to the area of the S.C. 9 bypass and Highway 66 for calls of a 2-vehicle fatal collision, according to Trooper First Class Nick Pye.

A 2021 Ford Explorer being driven by an on-duty Horry County police officer was traveling south on the S.C. 9 bypass when a 1996 GMC pickup truck turned south onto the S.C. 9 bypass from Highway 66, according to Pye.

The two vehicles collided sending the driver of the Explorer to the hospital and leaving the driver of the pickup dead, according to Pye. Both drivers were the only people in the vehicles.

The person killed was identified as Marcus “Mark” Gattis, 58, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden. He was originally from Loris but had been living in the Whiteville/Tabor City area.

This crash is still under investigation. Count on News13 for updates.

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