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Separate crashes leave 3 dead in Richmond, McCormick, Orangeburg counties

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 5:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 4:40 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Vehicle accidents killed three people in under 14 hours in the CSRA, taking lives in the Augusta, McCormick and Orangeburg areas.

Richmond County

In the latest incident, one person was pronounced dead after a crash Wednesday morning in Augusta.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded at 9:59 a.m. to a crash at Glenn Hills Drive and Barton Chapel Road.

At 11 a.m., Dr. Derrell McCrary, 35, of Augusta was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities report McCrary was traveling in a vehicle that collided with a stopped pickup truck on Barton Chapel Road.

He was transported to the GBI Lab for an autopsy.

McCormick County

The McCormick County crash happened around 8:26 p.m.

A westbound 2020 Dodge Charger went left of center on Jefferson Street near Farmbrough Road and went off the left side of the roadway, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The car hit a ditch and a tractor.

The driver, the sole occupant of the car, was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped in the vehicle.

The driver died at the scene one mile south of McCormick.

She was identified as Terita Michelle Brown, 26, of McCormick.

Orangeburg County

Later, a motorcyclist died in a crash around 9:20 p.m. a couple of miles northwest of Orangeburg.

The rider of the 2005 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east on U.S. 178 and was struck by a westbound 2003 Chevrolet truck that was turning left onto Lake Edisto Road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle rider, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he died. He was identified as William McDonald, 54, of North Road, according to the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office. He died of multiple injuries, and the death was ruled an accident.

The driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the patrol.

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