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Driver killed in S.C. 9 crash

First Posted: 10:53 pm - September 8th, 2015 Updated: 12:06 am - September 9th, 2015.

By Maria D. Grandy - mgrandy@civitasmedia.com



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PAGELAND — State troopers say a Chesterfield County man was fatally injured in a three-vehicle crash on S.C. Highway 9 near the town limits last week.

The Aug. 31 crash near Boyds Evan Road about 1.6 miles east of Pageland claimed the life of a 33-year-old Pageland man, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The victim’s name was not available at press time.

There were two others involved, Robert Jerome Cole, 43, of Monroe, North Carolina and Martha C. Mills, 67, of Pageland. Cole, the driver of a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer, was injured and received treatment at Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe. Mills was not injured.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the deceased was driving a 2013 Ford Focus and was traveling north on Boyds Evan Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by Cole’s tractor-trailer, which was traveling west on S.C. 9.

Debris from the log truck’s collision with the Ford Focus struck Mills’ vehicle.

The Ford driver was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped in the car, Miller said. He was taken to CMC-Union, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Pageland-area residents were shaken following a string of two fatal crashes on S.C. 9 in two days. On Sept. 1, 8-year-old Nelly Herrera was hit by an SUV while crossing the state highway outside Pageland Elementary School.

Police told WSOC-TV that Nelly’s parents were enrolling her older sister at the school and had sent her back to their car at their home across the road. The SUV driver, a Bennettsville woman, was in shock after the crash and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The Pageland Elementary wreck remained under investigation on Tuesday.

State troopers have investigated 10 highway deaths in Chesterfield County since Jan. 1, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

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

By Maria D. Grandy

mgrandy@civitasmedia.com

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