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Full recovery expected for deputy struck by car

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A Newberry County Sheriff's deputy is expected to fully recover after he was hit by a car during a traffic stop.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says the car was speeding. Deputy Michael Claytor was released from the hospital shortly after the crash. Luckily, the deputy only suffered a knee injury.

Claytor was out checking on a driver who hit a deer. Foster says Clayor had his emergency lights flashing and was out of his car when he heard the second car coming.

The car, driven by 39-year-old Tonya Crapps, was speeding and out of control when it struck Claytor.

Crapps has been charged with reckless driving.

Foster credits the deputy's quick thinking to saving his life.

"He was very lucky," said Foster. "I think he finally comprehends how lucky he was, but he was actually able to jump and get out of the way."

The sheriff also hesitates to speculate what could have happened if Claytor didn't make the right move at the right time.

"Probably what would have happened, if he hadn't leapt out of the way, he would have been trapped between his truck, and her car, as she smacked into the car. It would have probably been, if not fatal, very injurious," said Foster.

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