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2nd person in 24 hours killed by a late-night crash in Saluda County

One person died after a single-vehicle crash in Saluda County late Monday night.
One person died after a single-vehicle crash in Saluda County late Monday night.
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 2:53 AM EDT
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BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Separate Saluda County crashes within a couple of miles of each other have claimed the lives of two Ridge Spring residents in 24 hours.

A 20-year-old woman died in the the latest crash, which was reported at about 10:55 p.m. Monday near Goff Road and Church Road about 3 miles west of Batesburg-Leesville.

A 2004 Nissan Xterra was traveling south on Goff Road when it left the left side of the road, went out of control and then left the right side of the road, running into a tree.

The driver, Heidy Cruz Cadena, 20, of Ridge Spring, was wearing a seat belt, but died from her injuries.

The crash happened about 24 hours after another wreck nearby also claimed the life of a Ridge Spring resident, Timothy Sean Cyrus, 43.

Cyrus was riding a moped and died at the scene of a crash that happened at about 10:25 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 1 near Topaz Road, 2 miles west of Batesburg-Leesville, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan struck the moped from behind while both were northbound on U.S. 1, according to the patrol.

The moped went off the right side of the roadway and Cyrus was thrown, according to the patrol.

Cyrus, who was not wearing a helmet but was wearing a reflective vest, died at the scene, the patrol reported.

The Caravan left the scene, according to the patrol.

However, the driver, identified as Amanda Sandin, 27, of Leesburg, turned herself in at 1:45 a.m. Monday, according to the patrol.

She was arrested and held in Saluda County on a charge of leaving the scene of a collision involving death, the patrol reported.

An autopsy of Cyrus is scheduled for Tuesday.

The Saluda County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol continue to investigate that incident.

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