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Fatal Cheraw crash is county’s second traffic death in 2 weeks

First Posted: 9:10 am - December 23rd, 2015

By Maria D. Grandy - mgrandy@civitasmedia.com



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Two people lost their lives in separate Chesterfield County crashes reported in the past two weeks, according to state troopers.

Stanley Drake, 48, of Cheraw, was killed Dec. 16 when his 1999 Lexus four-door sedan was struck head-on by the juvenile driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt on Market Street Extension near Kimberly Lane in Cheraw, Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said.

The wreck happened at 7:30 a.m. with Drake traveling west on Market Street Extension and the juvenile driving east. Drake was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car, troopers said.

Miller said the juvenile driver was trapped inside the car. First responders extricated the teen and rushed him or her to McLeod Health Hospital in Florence for treatment.

Troopers were still investigating the crash at press time, Miller said, and no charges had been filed.

A 54-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car crash reported at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 on Bailey Sawmill Road nearly 2 miles south of Ruby, according to Lance Cpl. Tony Keller of the Highway Patrol.

The victim’s name was not available. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt but was not ejected from the vehicle.

Keller said the victim was driving a 2002 Ford west on Bailey Sawmill Road. The driver of the second vehicle ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.

As of Wednesday morning, 921 people had been killed in 855 crashes on South Carolina roads and highways since Jan. 1, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. During the same period in 2014, 790 people lost their lives in 730 fatal crashes throughout the state.

Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.

By Maria D. Grandy

mgrandy@civitasmedia.com

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