4 victims ID’d in Aiken County, Emanuel County crashes

Car runs into electrical pole at Coleman Bridge Rd and Quattlebaum Rd
Car runs into electrical pole at Coleman Bridge Rd and Quattlebaum Rd(WRDW)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 9:15 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 12:03 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Coroners on Thursday released the identities of four people killed in an Emanuel County crash and one person killed in an Aiken County crash.

The wrecks were among a string of them that’s left nine people dead so far this week in the region.

Emanuel County

Three occupants of a van were killed early Wednesday when it traveled into the path of an 18-wheeler in Stillmore, according to authorities.

They were identified Thursday as:

  • Mitchell Carter, 45, of Appling County
  • Thelmon Crabb, 63, of Montgomery County
  • Ruben Gonzalez-Velasquez, 44, of Toombs County

Coroner Jeffrey Peebles said the Stillmore crash happened around 6 a.m. Wednesday at Georgia Highway 57 and Poplar Avenue.

Peebles says it’s believed the van was traveling north and drove into the path of the truck.

Three people died at the scene and one was taken to the Augusta University Medical Center trauma unit, Peebles said.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Aiken County

The Aiken County coroner has identified the person killed in a Sunday wreck.

On Sunday at 6:15 p.m., an SUV overturned and ran into an electrical pole at Coleman Bridge Road and Quattlebaum Road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

According to Aiken Electric, the electrical pole the driver hit caused the local power circuit for the area to shut off.

The collision also caused the vehicle to catch fire.

The driver has been identified as 22- year-old Anthony F. Meunier, of Aiken. The cause of death was blunt-force trauma. Toxicology analysis is pending.

Aiken Electric was able to restore power to the area by 8:30 p.m.

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