Chester boy killed in roadway (UPDATED)

RICHBURG — A 12-year-old Chester boy might have been skateboarding in the road shortly before he was struck and killed by an oncoming car on S.C. 9 in Richburg, authorities said.

Authorities said Levi James Shackelford was in the roadway when driver Robert W. Cockman's Jeep Cherokee struck him around 2:15 a.m. The accident happened about two miles west of Interstate 77 near a day care center and car lot, authorities said. Cockman was not speeding in the 55 mph zone, authorities said.

Levi was carrying a skateboard at the time of the accident, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker. Two other boys were with him but were not hurt, authorities said. Levi may have been returning from a trip to a convenience store, Tinker said.

Levi attended Lewisville Middle School. Chester County Schools are on spring break this week.

The accident occurred on the same road as a fatal wreck last week that left a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year old boy dead, and three others injured. That wreck happened at the intersection of S.C. 9 and Lewisville High School Road, about four miles away.

Shackelford turned 12 on Friday.

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