Two dead, two injured when truck runs off road

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

May 13, 2007

HARLEM, Ga.---Three families and two communities are grieving a tragic accident that killed two people and injured two more.

A truck ran off the road and crashed into a tree early this morning off of Harlem-Grovetown Road near Young Drive. That's right outside of Harlem in Columbia County.

Mangled metal is all that's left of the Dodge Ram truck four friends were driving in until it slammed into a tree, shattering lives forever.

19-year-old Mallory Jason and 23-year-old Cameron Newman were killed after the truck Newman's brother Brandon was driving lost control around Dead Man's Curve and skidded at least 50 feet down a ditch and into a tree.

Cameron was riding behind his brother in the back seat. Investigators say it was his side that hit the tree first, killing him instantly.

The truck then flipped up on its side and killed Mallory Jason, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

A 15-year-old girl riding in the back of the truck was ejected and thrown into a barbed wire fence.

"It can't be happening," said Broc Lynch. "I don't know how to describe it. It's terrible."

All afternoon, friends of the victims came one after another to visit the site of the accident firsthand. Many were still visibly shaken by the news.

"I feel really terrible for the mom," Lynch said. "What kind of a Mothers Day present is this?"

"I'm kind of in awe...I just don't believe it," said James Reese.

Brandon and Cameron were from the area. They graduated from Harlem High School with Lynch.

He says the two brothers were best friends and always together. Now while he mourns for Cameron, he also is worried for older brother Brandon.

"He's the big brother. He always looked out for Cameron. I don't know what he's going to do."

Friends describe Mallory as a fun loving person who was full of life. She was a recent graduate of Evans High School and had recently been promoted at her job.

Reese last spoke with her just one hour before the accident.

"They were all amazing friends," he said. "I wish they were here. I wish we could go back and somebody could say something to them."

Brandon Newman is conscious tonight at the hospital. As for the other female passenger, she's believed to be in stable condition.

Investigators were back at the crash site today, marking the roads, taking pictures, and collecting evidence, trying to determine how the accident happened.

No word yet on whether alcohol or speed contributed to the crash.


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  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on May 30, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    I am not sure how that post got onto the site. I was pretty sure I deleted it. It was completely inappropriate and insensitive to the families of the victims. We do not censor opinions here, but we do take responsibility for other content, such as defamation or obscenity. That post went beyond opinion; the writer not only impersonated someone else, they did so in a highly offensive manner.

    It has been removed.

  • by A Mills on May 30, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    Who ever posted that from Cam, you're sick, and should def be ashamed of yourself.
  • by Friend on May 29, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    JOHN...he wasnt drunk for any other situation. Had there not been any deaths, he wouldnt have gotten a DUI. Thank you for your concern. and if you knew anything, you would know he doesnt drink liquor. His speed was a little high, but that's not what caused the wreck.
  • by John Location: Winster on May 28, 2007 at 03:06 AM
    HEY FRIEND....WAKE UP - - - - -He was DRUNK, returning from a night of drinking. This is a tragedy that could have been prevented. He was speeding and going way to fast for the curve and the liquor didn't help with the decisions or the driving. What a loss. Two young lives wasted... Do not drink and drive. Do not drink and drive and then go speeding around a dangerous curve.
  • by Another Friend on May 24, 2007 at 01:16 PM
    Amber, you are so angry. Don't spend time on all of this.
  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on May 23, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    Here is an update on this story.
  • by A Friend on May 23, 2007 at 09:15 AM
    YOU remember this...HE WASNT DRUNK!!!!! His toxicology report came back, and I dont know why everyone thinks this wreck was caused by drugs and alcohol. Everyone in that car was responsible for their own actions. The driver is accepting full responsibility for his actions, but just let this site show that he was not drunk. Ok???
  • by Anonymous Location: south carolina on May 22, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    drinking,smoking weed,partying when your that age is commen.putting your life in danger is one thing but putting your girlfriend an own brother in danger is another.it doesnt matter if they are good people or not u have to atleast have a brain when it comes to drinking an partying.he should have NEVER drove that night.i knew mallory an she did NOT deserve this.i truely believe your life span has alot to do with who your friends are an who u hang out with.REMEMBER THIS:losers do drugs dont hang out with them an every bad thing you do has a consequence
  • by A Friend on May 21, 2007 at 01:20 PM
    The driver will be justified in court. Its no one's place to state whether or not he should go straight to jail. The driver is accepting EVERY bit of responsibility to what happened, and feels terrible enough that it has happened. I have known him long enough to know that he would NEVER drive if he werent capable. He has driven that road every day of his life and he knows what he should and shouldnt be doing on that road. He is probably THE most responsible person out of that crowd. For you to cast judgement without FULLY knowing the situation is what's sickening. You should be ashamed. The toxocology reports have ALREADY come back. So next time, get YOUR facts straight. Thanks!!
  • by john Location: thomson on May 21, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    I think Terry Self is right being concerned about his daughter and about the others that are also drinking alcohol. When someone is killed in a car accident then it is too late to be concerned for that person if they were drinking. Hopefully alcohol was not involved in the wreck and death of these young people. But parents need to know where their children are and if there is drinking and also set a curfew for them to be home. It is too late once something like this happens. We are praying for those involved.
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