January 16, 2006
Investigators say the car involved in the crash was going at a high rate of speed. As News 12 shows, it appears going fast is common on Big Oak Road.
As far as the eye can see, Big Oak Road in Edgefield County is a straight line for more than a half-mile. It’s lined with some houses, basketball hoops and a long stretch of pavement with no stop signs and no speed bumps.
“Teenagers have been racing down this road and it’s just getting carried away lately,” said Michael Myers, witness.
State troopers say this Chevy Camero was traveling at a “high rate of speed.” Corporal Steve Sluder does not know exactly how fast the car was going, but neighbors estimate between 60-70 miles per hour. The driver lost control around a curve and slammed into a tree, killing two North Augusta High School students.
“The car was turned over and bent down and they had to cut the car,” Michael Myers said.
“Heard just a big bang, sitting in the house. Looked out the window and the car was wrapped around the tree,” said William Brennan, witness.
William Brennan lives in a house just yards from the crash site. He called 911 to report Sunday’s crash and says the road has its fair share of speeders.
“There’s certain individuals that drive pretty fast up and down this road. And there was one time when someone drove right through our front yard from going too fast,” Brennan said.
The speed limit is 30 or 35 miles per hour. No one knows for sure because there aren’t any posted signs.
Corporal Steve Sluder with the Highway Patrol now confirms that the speed on Big Oak Road is just 30 miles per hour.
Corporal Sluder says the driver of the car was 15-year-old Robby Kasten, driving with a learner’s permit. Sluder says there should have been a driver at least 21 years old in the passenger seat with him. But the passenger was just 18 years old.