Five young people have died after they suffered injuries in a car crash close to the Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina. The Myrtle Beach accident occurred on Saturday, January 23, but the name of the fifth victim was not released until the 26th.
The Horry County Coroner’s Office disclosed that 19-year-old Lake City resident Jamar Matthews passed away at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden named the other victims as 20-year-old Shiquan Graham, 23-year-old Thomas McDowell, 22-year-old Niterria Johnson, and 17-year-old LeAna McMillian. Graham and McDowell were from Lake City while Johnson and McMillian were residents of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
A sixth person is said to have suffered injuries but their name has not been released and no information has been provided on their condition.
The Myrtle Beach accident reportedly occurred around 1:30 a.m. Cpl. Thomas Vest of the Myrtle Beach Police Department said the vehicle was traveling along Harrelson Boulevard when it went off the roadway, rolled over, and became submerged in a retention pond. All six occupants were ejected from the vehicle. Three were found in the pond and another three on the shore.
No other vehicles were involved.
McMillian’s mother Porchia McMillian said her daughter had attended a party for her cousin (Johnson) prior to the crash.
Both the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Myrtle Beach police responded to the scene. Police are continuing their investigations into the crash and the cause is still unknown.
Police have declined to say which individual was driving when the crash occurred.
If you sustained injuries in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence or you lost a loved one in this way, you may be eligible for compensation. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can assist you in building a case.