The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two people were fatally injured in a crash near Simpsonville on Monday afternoon, February 8.
They were identified on Tuesday as 29-year-old John Stephen Duffy and 30-year-old Lindsay Catherine Duffy of Larchwood Drive in Simpsonville.
The accident occurred around 3:57 p.m. The Ford SUV occupied by the Duffys reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign on North Harrison Bridge Road at New Harrison Bridge Road and was struck by a Ford work van.
John was said to be the driver of the vehicle. Both he and his wife were wearing seatbelts.
Troopers said both victims died at the scene and the coroner attributed their deaths to blunt force trauma.
Their four-year-old child who was in a car seat did not sustain any injuries. The driver of the van was taken to hospital and the passenger in that vehicle was unharmed.
Investigations into the crash near Simpsonville are ongoing.
Up to February 10, there had been 82 fatal crashes in South Carolina compared to 77 for the same period in 2020. These crashes resulted in 92 deaths in contrast with 86 the previous year.
For several years, South Carolina has ranked among the top five states for traffic fatalities with 60 percent of the deadly crashes occurring on rural roads. A 2020 report from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety showed the state ranked number one.
If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by a reckless driver or you suffered serious losses, a South Carolina car accident lawyer can assist you in getting compensation. You may be entitled to a range of damages including medical expenses and pain and suffering.