SC Police Report Two Fatalities After Early Morning Interstate Accident
Interstate 20 came to a complete standstill for six long hours following a tragic, fatal crash with three cars involved according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Troopers have said that the accident occurred near mile marker 62 in the early hours of the morning around 3:30. Margaret Fisher, Lexington county coroner identified the bodies of the two killed as Franchescha Hop Rogers Martinez, 27 from Lexington and Jarrad Denard Blade from Decatur, Georgia, 32. Authorities have shared that autopsies will be performed early on Sunday.
Police are saying that the driver of the 2014 Kia was traveling west in the eastbound lane and hit the 2015 Nissan head on, sending them straight into a 2008 Nissan. The driver of the kia and Nissan were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Nissan was reportedly wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. There was one passenger in the car that was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for serious injuries.
The driver of the 2008 Nissan was also take to a local hospital and treated for minor, non-life threatening injuries. A thorough of the accident will be done by South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Lexington County Coroner’s office.
“Accidents like this one are heartbreaking and leave behind tragic results. One irresponsible action of the part of one driver caused two people their lives on that early morning. Cases like these are why I chose personal injury law in the first place. Helping people who have been victims of horrible accidents,” says Joe Sandefur, attorney at a top personal injury law firm in Myrtle Beach at joeandmartin.com/myrtle-beach.
Car accidents claim the lives of thousands of people nationwide each year. In 2010 in South Carolina the state saw 810 fatalities alone. Almost half of these involved a drunk driver, a staggering statistic. It only takes one irresponsible act to have potentially fatal consequences when getting behind the wheel. Fatalities are the most severe consequence of car collisions. Many factors can cause an accident. Whether a driver is sleep deprived and falls asleep at the wheel killing himself and an entire family, or they look at a cell phone while driving the damage is often irreversible. Texting and driving is becoming a dangerous trend in today’s society and has led to many car accidents and fatalities.
If you find that you have become a victim of a negligent driver on the road, the first thing you should do is consult an attorney. They can help you navigate insurance companies and ensure liability falls where it should. They can also file civil suits to help you recoup financially from an accident. If you were injured through no fault of your own it seems unfair to bear the burden of medical bills and funeral expenses without being compensated. It can be emotionally taxing to lose a loved one or watch them through a painful recovery so let a personal injury attorney do the heavy lifting for you.