Crash kills Aiken man fleeing officers, coroner says

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South Carolina Highway Patrol(WRDW)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 7:22 AM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - One person is dead after rescue crews and troopers rushed to the scene of an accident Wednesday morning north of Aiken.

The crash was reported at 6:54 a.m. on Beaver Dam Road at Vintage Vale Road, north of Aiken and east of the Aiken Municipal Airport, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was traveling east on Beaver Dam Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the road then struck a tree, according to Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was then flown to Augusta University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at 8:27 a.m.

The driver, identified as David L. Williams Jr., 26, of Aiken, was fleeing from law enforcement when the crash occurred, according to Ables.

Williams will be autopsied in Newberry. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is continuing with the investigation.

The crash came less than 24 hours after another crash killed two people on the other side of the CSRA.

That crash happened between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on westbound interstate 20 near Thomson, Ga., and just inside Columbia County.

A Dodge Dakota was following a semi too closely and plowed into the tractor-trailer during a traffic slowdown due to construction, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Two people in the Dakota died. Their names have not been released, but the driver of the Dakota, James Whitaker, 36, was arrested. Authorities accuse him of driving under the influence of methamphetamine.

Other crashes

  • Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a serious crash was reported on eastbound Interstate 20 around mile marker 44 in the Wagener area of Aiken County. It appeared that a vehicle was pancaked, according to the witnesses. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported it as an injury accident. It slowed down traffic on both sides of the Interstate, on one side due to the crash itself and on the other side due to people slowing down to look at it.
  • At least two wrecks and a jackknifed truck all came together to create a morning traffic nightmare Tuesday on westbound I-20 just on the South Carolina side of the border. A crash was reported near mile marker 1 and another was reported near Five Notch Road. Making the situation worse, a jackknifed truck was blocking Martintown Road on the north side of the interstate, backing up vehicles as people tried to exit the interstate to escape the traffic jam.

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