Two people were killed and two others were injured in separate Sumter County accidents that occurred in the space of two days.
On Tuesday, April 20, a Midlands resident died and two people were taken to hospital following a head-on crash that occurred around 6:15 p.m. Coroner Robbie Baker identified the deceased as 46-year-old Jamie Montgomery.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper, David Jones, said Montgomery was driving north on U.S. 15 in a 2004 Ford Mustang. He reportedly attempted to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone close to the intersection of Beulah Cuttino Road and struck a southbound 2004 Jeep SUV.
Montgomery died at the scene. No details were provided about his passenger or the driver of the Jeep.
Master Trooper Jones said another deadly collision happened on Beckwood Road on Wednesday, April 21, around 1:20 a.m.
The driver of a 2006 Toyota Scion died at the scene after his car ran off the left side of the road and crashed into a ditch. The driver was identified as 31-year-old Kyle Dukes, a resident of Sumter.
Jones said Dukes was not wearing a seatbelt. No one else was injured in the crash.
Both Sumter County accidents are under investigation by the coroner’s office and Highway Patrol.
As of the morning of April 21, South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety records showed that 281 people had been killed on the state’s roads for the year so far. Of that number, 194 of the victims had access to seat belts but only 105 were wearing them.
Eight people died in crashes in Sumter County and seat belts were only used in two cases, according to DPS.
If your loved one was killed in a crash, reach out to a South Carolina car accident lawyer. They may be able to help you get compensation for your losses.