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Clemson University student identified in car accident that killed pedestrian, police say

WYFF 4 Greenville-Spartanburg 3/18/2023 A.J. Davis
Micael Lee Lyon III © Clemson Police Department Micael Lee Lyon III

A Clemson University student has been identified after a pedestrian was killed in a car accident, according to Clemson University Police Department.

Robert Barrett, 68, of Clemson, was the pedestrian who was hit a little after 8:45 p.m. on Highway 93 at Perimeter Road, Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew Wilson said.

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Barrett died at the scene.

According to Clemson PD, when deputies arrived on scene, Barrett was in critical condition, and needed to be taken to the hospital. He was put into an ambulance where they made life-saving efforts, but Barrett did not respond.

Police say they spoke with Michael Lee Lyon III and noticed he had a strong marijuana odor coming from him and appeared to be in shock with glossy and dilated eyes.

Officers say that they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle he was driving.

According to police, a dog was in Lyon's vehicle during the time of the crash but was picked up afterwards by Lyon's roommate.

Lyon told authorities that he was not hurt from the incident, police say.

Witnesses told Clemson PD that they saw Barrett get hit by a truck and that Barrett was not using to the crosswalk during the time of the incident.

Clemson PD said that witnesses also stated "the old man was in the median and hesitated to cross the street, then ran in front of the truck and got hit."

During the investigation, Lyon was told to take a field sobriety test but refused, police say.

After officers made further observations, Lyon was arrested and taken to the Clemson University Police Department's Datamaster Room for a Breathalyzer test, which Lyon refused to give.

Lyon was also taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital where he also refused to give a urine test, police say.

Police say that Lyon was then taken to the Clemson City Jail for processing.

Lyon has been charged with DUI, first offense.

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