CSRA crashes claim 2 lives over the weekend
Two people died over the weekend on the South Carolina side of the CSRA, according to authorities.
Here’s what happened:
A two-vehicle crash claimed a life around 10 p.m. Saturday at South Carolina Highway 118 and Wagener Road in Aiken County.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a Honda Accord was traveling west on the highway when the driver attempted to turn left. Officials say the driver failed to yield, and a Jeep Wrangler traveling east hit the car.
Officials say 29-year-old Santiago Cortez, of Aiken, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt-force injuries. The Aiken County Coroner says Cortez was sitting in the backseat of the 1998 Honda and was not wearing a seat belt.
The other occupants of the Honda were taken to Augusta University Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.
South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.
A one-vehicle crash just before 6:20 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block U.S. Highway 125 claimed the life of one person in Edgefield County.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said a 1995 Dodge Dakota single-cab pickup left the roadway to the left and struck a tree just northeast of Edgefield.
The pickup had three occupants, and none were wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol.
The passenger in the center seat died, according to the patrol.
The driver and the other passenger were taken to a hospital.
The crash is under investigation by the patrol.
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