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South Carolina Vehicle Accident Report: February 2019

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During the month of February, South Carolina residents experienced numerous car wrecks. Some of the accidents resulted in life-altering injuries and death. At Harris & Graves, we believe that our community should be well-informed about the types of accidents that have occurred, so we can encourage one another to implement additional safety while on the roadways.  

Below is a vehicle accident report that shares some of the accidents that took place in South Carolina throughout the month of February. If you or a loved one was injured by a careless motorist, it’s crucial that you speak with a South Carolina car accident lawyer. Our team can evaluate the details of your case and help you determine what legal options are available.

Single-Vehicle Accident Killed 52-Year-Old Man

Nathaniel Rhodes, 52-years-old, was traveling on I-85 in a 2016 Kia when he veered off the road. According to police, he hit a guardrail and crossed to the left side of the road before running into a median. Rhodes was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. He was transported to a hospital where he later died due to his injuries.

Drill Sergeant Is Finally Sentenced After Two Recruits Were Killed in Devastating Accident

Drill Sergeant Andrew Marrow was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison. In October of 2017, Marrow was driving a Dodge pickup when he fell asleep at the wheel and hit two recruits.

According to The Post and Courier, “He was charged with falling asleep behind the wheel of a truck before that vehicle accelerated into a troop formation on the 52,000-acre base.”

Marrow said he was deeply sorry for the pain he caused to the families of the victims. Before he was sentenced, Marrow stated, “I am a parent, too, and I have no ability to understand the pain that I have caused you. I can never replace what you have lost or what I have taken.”

Additionally, Marrow will lose both his rank and pay from the military, however, it will be determined later on as to whether or not he will be discharged.

Deadly Crash in Lexington County Killed One Person

Don Wayne Harrison, 71-years-old, was traveling on US-178 when he crossed the center line and drove off the road, causing him to slide down an embankment and collide with a tree.

Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Recent Car Accident Involved a Gunshot Wound

22-year-old, Shamar M. Johnson, suffered serious injuries in a recent car accident, as well as a gunshot wound to his upper body.

In an article by The State, Johnson was ejected from his car after a single crash on Shop Road near Interstate 77.

Johnson hit a median after he lost control of his vehicle. He was transported to a hospital where authorities noticed numerous gunshot wounds. Johnson later died as a result of his injuries. The details of the accident are currently under investigation.

11-Year-Old Boy Dies From Injuries Caused by a Drunk Driver

Ethan Frank Rubenzer, 11-years-old, was killed after he was driven to school and hit by a drunk driver.

Michael Eugene Kelly II, 29-years-old, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet when he collided with the car carrying Rubenzer, causing the vehicle to overturn and hit another vehicle. The sixth grader was transported to a hospital where he died due to injuries sustained in the accident. Christy Junkins, the superintendent of High Point Academy where Rubenzer attended school, told The State, “It really hits home. I feel like I lost my own child.”

Kelly is charged with two counts of felony DUI and driving under suspension.  

Motorcyclist Died After Sustaining Injuries in a Crash

Michael Lawter, 47-years-old, crashed at Otts Shoals Road and Cherry Drive when he veered off the road. He was the only motorist involved in the accident.

He was transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital where he later passed away due to his injuries.

Man Killed in Tanker Truck Accident

A tanker truck and a 2011 Honda collided on White Horse Road. The driver of the Honda, Gary Rudolph Martin, 63-years-old, was traveling south on White Horse Road when a tanker truck driving north failed to yield the right of way.

The tanker truck driver, Kenneth Mills, 36-years-old, turned left on Easley Bridge Road, which caused Martin to crash into his truck. Martin suffered blunt force head injuries and died.

Mills did not sustain any injuries. He was cited for failure to yield the right of way.  

Contact Our Firm for Legal Advice

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At Harris & Graves, we believe injured victims should have access to strong legal representation, which is why our firm is dedicated and passionate about serving the residents of South Carolina.

If you sustained injuries after an accident that was not your fault, you need the legal advice of an experienced South Carolina car accident lawyer. Our law firm can review your case and determine if you’re eligible to obtain compensation. Compensation can help cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related costs.

Auto accidents can be stressful to handle without legal advice, so it’s in your best interest to contact our firm immediately after an accident occurs. Call us today at (805) 764-2976 or fill out our free case review form.