TV reporter dies covering I-85 wreck
Published on: 05/15/07
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Greenville television reporter has died after he was struck by a vehicle while covering a wreck here, authorities said.
Joe Loy, assignment editor at WHNS Fox 21, died about 25 minutes after he was hit along the shoulder of Interstate 85 near the I-26 exit around 6 p.m. Monday, the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said.
Loy, 58, had been sent to cover the wreck of a lumber truck in the southbound lanes, WHNS reported on its Web site.
Loy was standing between a sports utility vehicle owned by the station and a guardrail on the right side of the highway when the SUV was struck by a van, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Kathy Hiles said.
The driver of the van, Bocar Phiam of Brooklyn, N.Y., was in the far left lane of I-85 when a red pickup weaving in and out of traffic cut him off, Hiles said.
Phiam swerved and lost control of the van, which crossed three lanes and hit the news vehicle, Hiles said.
The pickup truck did not stop, and troopers are asking anyone with information about the truck to call them, Hiles said.
Phiam was hurt, but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, troopers said.
A woman answering the phone at WHNS said officials at the station did not want to talk about the wreck.
Loy worked for the station since it went on the air in 1999 and was a volunteer firefighter, according to a story on WHNS' Web site.
"Joe was a dad, a grandfather, a husband and our dear friend. Joe Loy will be missed," read the final sentences of the story.
Loy served as president of the South Carolina Associated Press Broadcasters in 2004 and 2005.
He previously had worked for WSPA-TV in Spartanburg and WIS-TV in Columbia.
Found this on AJC.com. I know this is not "Detroit-related." But, irony is a bitch...