An elderly woman is dead and another individual received life-threatening injuries after a single-vehicle accident that occurred on I-85 on Saturday afternoon.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at the 9-mile marker around 2:40 p.m.
Troopers said a Cadillac Escalade was traveling south on I-85 with a driver and one passenger.
The vehicle reportedly went left into the median and then came back onto the roadway and started to overturn.
It then traveled back into the median, hit a cable barrier, and caught fire.
The victim was later identified as 76-year-old Young Duk Lee, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, the passenger in the vehicle.
The SCHP said she was not wearing a seatbelt and she was ejected from the vehicle. Lee died at the scene.
Meanwhile, the driver who was wearing a seatbelt suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital.
No update was provided on that individual’s condition and their identity was not released.
Meanwhile, preliminary numbers from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety indicate that there were eight traffic fatalities in the state over the Fourth of July weekend.
The period ran from 6 p.m. on July 2 to 11:59 p.m. on July 5. In six of the accidents, the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said several of the collisions were due to driving under the influence, a failure to yield the right of way, and driving too fast for conditions.
For the year so far, there have been 468 fatal accidents in South Carolina with more than 150 related to speed, Tidwell revealed.
He advised drivers to be careful over the summer, urging them to wear their seatbelts and be mindful of speed limits. He also cautioned against drunk driving and distracted driving. If you’re involved in a wreck, you should give our experienced Georgia car accident attorneys a call.