Two killed, one hurt in Hartsville crash
An elderly man and woman were killed, and the driver of another car was seriously injured, when two vehicles collided on West Carolina Avenue in Hartsville Feb. 24, police said.
The names of the victims had not yet been released, but Hartsville Police Lt. Mark Blair said they were local residents. The injured driver, a 26-year-old woman, was taken to an area hospital with what Blair called severe injuries. Also killed in the mid-afternoon crash was a dog riding in the elderly man and woman’s vehicle, Blair said.
He said the accident happened when one vehicle heading east on West Carolina Avenue at 9th Street – this vehicle being driven by the elderly woman, with the elderly man as a passenger – suddenly swerved into the westbound lane and collided head-on with another vehicle driven by the 26-year-old woman. Blair said no one in either car was wearing a seat belt.
Investigators don’t know why the car shifted into the wrong lane. “There were no skid marks at all,” Blair said. “Nobody even had time to put on the brakes.”
The accident remained under investigation by the Hartsville Police Department and by Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee’s office.
— Bobby Bryant