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'A painful loss’: AU Health worker mourned after fatal crash

Matthew Blaine Harley
Matthew Blaine Harley(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 3:49 AM EDT
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday in Edgefield County just outside North Augusta, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver was identified as Matthew Blaine Harley, 24, of North Augusta, according to the Edgefield County Coroner’s Office. It was later confirmed that he worked in the Augusta University Health Emergency Department since August 2019.

The crash occurred at about 12:27 a.m. when a westbound 2018 Toyota sport utility vehicle on Murrah Road went off the right side of the road about 3 miles north of North Augusta near McCain Road.

It hit several mailboxes and a utility pole, went down an embankment and overturned, according to troopers.

The driver was trapped and was fatally injured in the crash, according to troopers.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

AU Health released a statement about Harley saying, “It is with very heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Matthew Harley. Matthew joined Augusta University Health on Aug. 12, 2019, as a new graduate nurse and quickly became a family member. He was very well liked by everyone, was caring and would lend a hand to all. Matthew was a part of our future, and this is a painful loss for all who knew and worked with him.”

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