A Charlotte father was cited Thursday for driving too fast for conditions in the tragic Valentine’s Day accident that killed a Fort Mill teen along Pleasant Road.
Kayson Wharton, 31, presented himself at Fort Mill police headquarters on Confederate Street, where he was issued a citation in the February wreck that killed 14 year-old Bryan Orkofsky.
Bryan died at Atrium Main Medical Center on Feb. 15 from injuries sustained the evening before. He tried to cross Pleasant Road at Whitley Road and was struck by Wharton’s 2015 Dodge Durango, authorities said.
The victim was a student at Fort Mill High School.
The extensive investigation into the fatal wreck “has now been concluded,” Major Bryan Zachary said in a Thursday press release. The five-month investigation was conducted by officers of the Fort Mill Police Department Traffic Unit, with assistance from the S.C. Highway Patrol MAIT and subsequent consultation with representatives of the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, he said.
Wharton’s official charge: Driving A Vehicle Too Fast For Conditions (SC 56-05-1520A). He was released pending an upcoming court proceeding at 10 a.m. July 29 at 112 Confederate Street. No mugshot was taken since it was a non-custodial arrest, Maj. Zachary said.
According to his Facebook page, Wharton is a father of two sons, including one who was born in April while he was waiting the outcome of the accident investigation.