Weekend proves to be dangerous on roads

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

Friday, July 4, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- On Thursday, South Carolina Highway Patrol said that July 4th weekend was one of the busiest for drivers and most dangerous. Just in the past 24 hours that proved to be true.

The name has been released of the man killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night.

The coroner says 75-year-old Marlyn Whetstone of Salley was driving a a motorcycle around 11:30 last night when he lost control.

It happened on Clinton Church Road. Officials say it appears he possibly was attempting to avoid something and left the road on the right shoulder.

Officials say he was attempting to get the motorcycle back onto the roadway when it overturned. Whetstone died from multiple body trauma. State troopers say he was not wearing a helmet.

Toxicology is pending. The SCHP and the Aiken County Coroner's Office are investigating the death.

The Bamberg County Coroner's Office has released the name of the woman who died during a early morning accident.

We're told she is 26-year old Rebecca Girardeau. The results of a toxicology screening during her autopsy are still pending.

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers say the crash happened on Hunters Chapel Road.

Troopers say Girardeau and a passenger were in the car when it went off the right side of the road and overcorrected, crossing into the tree line around 2 a.m. The passenger was taken to the hospital. Officials say neither were wearing seatbelts at the time.

58-year old Russell Gerald Johnson from Trenton was also killed while riding his motorcycle on I-20 near Columbia.

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