SC House candidate killed in car crash after hitting tractor-trailer in median

A candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives has died.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a 2013 Volkswagen sedan was traveling north on U.S. Highway 25 near Augusta Road about 15 miles south of Greenville around 2:45 a.m. Friday. The car struck the rear of an unoccupied 1998 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was legally parked in the median, Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said.

The driver of the Volkswagen, identified by the Greenville County Coroner’s Office as 39-year-old John Eric Childs, died at the scene of blunt force trauma to the head.

Childs had filed to run for the House District 6 seat in Anderson County.

“The loss of my beloved husband has left me devastated,” Childs’ wife Jessicka Spearman wrote in a post on Instagram. “Eric was not only a devoted husband and loving father, but also a courageous combat veteran who served his country with honor. He fervently believed in a South Carolina where everyone could be free, prosperous and happy.

Spearman is running for Senate District 3 in South Carolina.

The crash remains under investigation by the SC Highway Patrol.