FLORENCE, S.C. – A Darlington resident was killed on Monday in a Florence head-on crash along Second Loop Road. Thirty-one-year-old Shae’Quana Monae Williams was a passenger in a vehicle.
Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the two-car wreck happened at 5:13 p.m. in the area of Holly Circle. The accident involved a Nissan Sentra driven by 21-year-old Jaquez Jones of Lamar and a Toyota Avalon driven by 30-year-old April Orange of Florence.
Williams was a passenger in the Nissan.
Tidwell said Jones was heading north when he crossed the center of the road and collided with Orange who was heading south. Orange was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash while Jones was not.
Williams died at the scene. Orange was taken to the MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center for medical treatment while Jones was transported to McLeod Medical Center.
For 2019 so far, there have been 797 fatal crashes in South Carolina with 864 people killed. In the previous year, 871 fatal crashes occurred, and they claimed the lives of 933 people. Of the 864 people who have died so far for this year, 259 were not wearing seatbelts even though 548 had access to them. These preliminary numbers are based on information reported to the South Carolina Office of Highway Safety.
Drivers and adult front seat passengers are required by law to wear seat belts in the District of Columbia and all states except New Hampshire. However, in South Carolina, seat belt laws cover drivers and passengers six years and older, regardless of whether they are sitting in the front or back seats.
If you’ve been injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver, consider seeking legal advice and representation from a Greenville, SC car accident lawyer.