Roads back open after 2 afternoon crashes in Aiken Co.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. -- Deputies and South Carolina Highway Patrol worked two accidents in Aiken County Wednesday afternoon.

The first accident was on US 1 around 1 p.m. Rickey Carter was driving south on US 1 when he lost control of his car, crossed over into northbound lane and hit a Honda Accord on its right side.

The incident started when deputies were dispatched to McCormick Street NW at around 12:42 p.m. for a stolen vehicle. When they arrived, deputies saw the suspect vehicle operated by a black male, later identified as Carter.

Deputies attempted to stop Carter on Pine Crest Road by activating their lights, but he turned left onto Terry Avenue and continued driving. The deputy activated all emergency equipment but he still would not stop. The subject traveled through Aiken on Hampton Avenue, Tolley Line Road, Canal Street and Granitville to Main Street then onto US 1. Carter attempted to go around the stop sticks, causing the deputy to jump from the subject vehicle’s path.

Carter continued onto US 1 where he lost control, crossed into the northbound land and struck another vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle was Bennie Shaw, 50 years old of Lithonia, Ga. His passenger was Mylene Griffin, 55 years old of Augusta. Both were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Carter will be charged with stolen vehicle, failure to stop and reckless driving.

Part of Highway 19 was also shut down Wednesday afternoon after an accident at Sassafras Road around 12:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Shadelin, of Trenton, was driving northbound on Highway 19 when Jessie Wood, of Barnwell, pulled out onto the roadway from Sassafras Road and hit Shadelin. Wood is being charged with failure to yield right of way. Neither driver was injured.