COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Gamecock community gathered to remember the life of one of the people hit and killed by a car last week in West Columbia.
A memorial service was held Thursday evening at the Russell House on the campus of UofSC to honor 27-year-old Mack Rogers.
Officials say, 41-year-old Rodney T. Mack, was walking in the roadway, near the 700 block of Sunset Boulevard, when he was hit by a vehicle just before 6 p.m. on November 7th.
A driver of the vehicle, Mack Rogers, got out of the car to help Mack. Both men were then hit by another vehicle.
Around 100 people attended Rogers vigil Thursday night.
“I wasn’t shocked when I heard about what he did. Because he was that kind of person who would lay down his life for someone else,” Shane Johnson, one of Rogers’ friends said. “Some days it doesn’t feel real. Some days it does feel real. I guess one thing we’re really going to have to come to grips with is that we’re all going to leave this earth.”
CJ Owensby, another close friend of Rogers shared the moments of what ran through his head when he heard about what happened.
“Mack, why did you do that? What were you thinking?” Owensby said. “My immediate next thought was, of course, Mack did that. That’s just who Mack was. Mack loved people and he saw someone in need. And he would stop everything he is doing to go and help those people.”
Rogers’ friends described him as a man with a pure and genuine heart.
“Mack was one of those people that you meet once in a lifetime,” Nate Blankenship, a close friend said. “Mack didn’t die doing something that was abnormal in his life. Mack died helping another person, and that’s how he lived his life every day. The news shocked me at first, but after a while, I was like yeah that’s Mack. “
Above all, his friends said Rogers would want to be remembered by his love for God.
“If anything was going to come from his life he would want even if it was just one person to come to know the relationship that he had with God,” Owensby said. “That’s what Mack would want more than anything.”
SCDOT said it plans to pull the crash data to asses if any low-cost improvements such as signing or markings are needed.
As of November 14th, SCDOT stated it had just received the crash reports, and their staff is currently working on studying them.
West Columbia Police said the two drivers from the crash are not facing charges at this time, however, this case remains under investigation.