York County man dead, 1 hurt in 3-vehicle crash at Lake Wylie, police say

One person was killed and another was hurt Thursday in a three-vehicle crash in Lake Wylie that blocked traffic for hours on one of York County’s busiest roads, officials said.

Nicholas Rounds, 76, of Clover, died in the crash, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

Rounds, known as Nick, was a longtime community volunteer with the River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club, club officials and community members said. In a message to Lions members, club president Gene Foster confirmed “with profound sadness” that Rounds had passed after the crash.

Rounds was a past board member of the Lions Club and was Lion of the Year in 2012-2013. He was passionate about communications and technology, club officials said. Rounds took photographs for the club and also was involved in publishing the club website and newsletter.

Lions Club member Ken Sanford said Rounds volunteered at Clover schools and proudly gave his time and energy to the Lake Wylie community.

“He was a community enthusiast and volunteered his time,” Sanford said. “He was very articulate and shared his wide range of knowledge. We shall miss him.”

Rounds helped start the Oakridge Middle School Lego robotics program and for more than 10 years was involved at Oakridge and the robotics program at Crowders Creek Elementary, said Bryan Dillon, spokesman for Clover school district.

The wreck happened around 2 p.m. on S.C. 49 at the intersection of Latitude Lane and Carroll Cove, said Master Trooper David Jones of S.C. Highway Patrol. The location is southwest of the Buster Boyd Bridge and North Carolina state line.

Rounds was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette attempting to cross S.C. 49 when the Corvette collided with a 1997 truck, Jones said. The Corvette then spun and hit a third vehicle, Jones said.

Rounds was taken to a hospital and later died, said Gast and Jones.

The driver of the truck was injured and transported to a hospital, according to Jones and other emergency responders. The condition of that driver is unclear.

The driver of the third vehicle was hit after the initial collision and was not hurt, Jones said.

Part of the road, also known as Charlotte Highway, was blocked for hours as troopers and other emergency officials worked the scene, officials said.

The crash site is less than a quarter-mile from Three Points, the intersection of S.C. 49, S.C. 557, and S.C. 274. The area is a busy commercial section that also is the major connecting route for commuters between Charlotte and Lake Wylie, Clover and York.

The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol and S.C. Department of Public Safety.

The fatality is the 37th on York County roads in 2019, according to state public safety department statistics. This year, 622 people have died in South Carolina crashes, state figures show.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.