Parents of man killed on I-95 in Orangeburg while suffering schizophrenic event speak out on failure of SC first responders

August 28, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) – It’s been almost a year since a man died when he was hit by a car on I-95 in Orangeburg County. Paul Tarashuk had schizophrenia and his family says he was having an episode when it happened.

The parents of Paul Tarashuk filed a lawsuit against the law enforcement and health agencies that interacted with Tarashuk that night.

The 67-page lawsuit was filed against Orangeburg County Emergency Medical Services, the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Cindy and Paul Tarashuk Sr. said that every person who encountered Paul that night failed to do their job and the Tarashuk’s hope this lawsuit changes the way law enforcement and emergency personnel treat people who have mental illnesses.  Read more