The impact that killed two women on Nov. 7 in the early evening was described as “unbelievable” by the coroner for the South Carolina county where the crash took place. One of the women was just 32 years old, and the other was only 35. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation into this horrific car accident.
Both vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on U.S. 17 through Jasper County at the time of the accident. The vehicle heading north suddenly veered into oncoming traffic. The woman driving the southbound vehicle was, unfortunately, not able to avoid colliding with the northbound car.
The younger of the two women was pronounced dead at the scene. The other woman was clinging to life when emergency personnel arrived. She was flown via helicopter to a Savannah hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The South Carolina Highway Patrol has not yet revealed which woman they believe was responsible for the accident. It has been reported, however, that the bodies of both women are to be taken to Charleston for toxicology tests and autopsies.
Despite the outcome of the official investigation, it is a foregone conclusion that no criminal charges will be filed since both drivers are deceased. However, the evidence gathered by authorities may be offered as evidence of negligence in any civil proceeding filed in connection with the car accident. The family of the southbound driver is likely entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the other driver. To prevail in civil court, they will need to present evidence of negligence that is deemed to have proximately caused the collision and death of their loved one.
Source: islandpacket.com, Bluffton, Savannah women die in US 17 crash, Rebecca Lurye, Nov. 7, 2013
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.