A 19-year-old resident of Orangeburg, Georgia was killed in a crash on Midlands road on Saturday, May 1. The victim has been identified by Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker as 19-year-old Jeremiah Grenier II.
Two other people sustained injuries in the two-vehicle collision that took place around 2 a.m. on U.S. 521 close to the intersection with Charles Jackson Street.
Master Trooper Brian Lee of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Grenier was driving south in a 2008 Mazda 6 south on U.S. 521.
A northbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was traveling in the southbound lane and it struck the Mazda head-on. The Silverado then ran off the right side of the road and overturned.
Coroner Baker said Grenier was not wearing a seatbelt and he was thrown from the Mazda. An autopsy is expected to be performed on Tuesday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Meanwhile, Lee said a passenger in the Mazda and the driver of the pickup suffered injuries. They were taken to a hospital in the area. No details are available on the extent of their injuries.
No information was released as to whether the passenger was wearing a seat belt but Lee said it was not known if the driver of the Chevy was buckled up.
Both the coroner’s office and Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the crash on Midlands Road. It is unclear whether criminal charges will be filed.
As of Friday afternoon, 313 people had been killed on South Carolina’s roads for the year so far, according to the Department of Public Safety. Two hundred and nineteen of them had access to seat belts, but only 118 were wearing them.
Meanwhile, at least 11 were killed in Sumter County and only two were wearing seat belts.
If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, reach out to a South Carolina car accident lawyer for advice.