Passenger Killed in Single-Car Crash in Midlands Area

We don’t tend to think of single-car accidents as being all that serious. What could possibly happen in a single-vehicle crash that could end up killing someone? You’d actually be surprised. A dozen people have already been killed in 2020 on the roads in South Carolina. Sadly, the death roll increased by one this past weekend in the Midlands area.

Someone driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger was traveling in the Eastbound lanes of Green Acres Road in Florence. The driver failed to respect a stop sign at a busy intersection and ended up speeding through the intersection. This caused them to lose control of their car and run off the right side of the road.

When the Challenger went off the road, it ended up smashing into a tree. This is where the car stood when the local police came upon the scene. They transported the driver of the Challenger to the local hospital with serious injuries. Unfortunately, the front-seat passenger in the car didn’t survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The authorities confirmed that neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. Whether or not this would’ve made a difference has not been confirmed. However, the police did want to remind drivers to always wear their seatbelts when on South Carolina roads.

The police said they wouldn’t release the names of either the driver or the passenger until they could get in touch with their next of kin. They also haven’t confirmed if any criminal charges will be filed against the driver for running the stop sign. The victim’s family may very well, however, have a civil claim against the driver for wrongful death.

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