MYRTLE BEACH, SC. (WTHI) - News 10 has learned that a Vigo County councilman and his wife have died after being hit by a car in South Carolina.
Officials say Don Morris and his wife Cheryl Hart were killed when a car hit them. Morris and his wife were pedestrians.
Statement from Congressman Larry Bucshon
“My heart mourns after hearing the tragic news on passing of Vigo County Councilman Don Morris, and his wife, Cheryl Hart. Don was a staple in the Terre Haute community through his years of service on the Terre Haute City Council and the Vigo County Council. A true public servant that entertained the public with his guitar and vocals which will forever remain in our ears. May God watch over the Morris family and the people of Vigo County in this time of grief."
Statement from Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett
"I was saddened to hear of the tragic accident that took the life of Don Morris and his wife Cheryl Hart. Don was a good friend, a great public servant and a wonderful musician. He always wanted the best for our community. Pam and I ask that you keep his family and friends in your prayers. They will be greatly missed!"
The crash happened Thursday afternoon in Myrtle Beach.
Morris served as an at-large representative on the Vigo County Council.
We talked with Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer. He told us the news is difficult to grasp.
"He's just...all-around good guy. And he's really going to be missed by a lot of people. It's terrible," Switzer said.
He previously served three terms as a Terre Haute City Councilman. He also previously served as the Executive Director of the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. From 1976 to 1980, Morris worked as a Production Manager at WTHI.
His Vigo County Council page lists him as a professional musician.
We began receiving reports about the crash on Thursday night. We held off on reporting Don and Cheryl's names so the family could be notified.