A 24-year-old Ridgeway man has been charged with two counts of felony driving under the influence (DUI) in connection with a two-car accident that killed his passenger and sent a pregnant woman to the hospital.
S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said Chris Potter, 24, of Ridgeway, has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury.
The accident took place around 8:45 p.m. Monday in front of a gas station in the 2300 block of Springvale Road between Ridgeway and Shivers Green roads, said Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers. He identified the deceased as Larry Lee Hurst Jr., 18, of Three Branches Road, Lugoff.
“He was not wearing his seatbelt,” Fellers said of Hurst. “Looking at his driving record, we saw several violations of the seatbelt law. In my opinion, if he had his seatbelt on, he probably would be alive today, but he chose not to wear his seatbelt.”
According to Elder, Hurst was a passenger in Potter’s 1996 Ford Ranger. Elder said Potter was traveling south on Springvale Road when he turned left, colliding with a 2003 Kia SUV traveling northbound.
Elder said Potter was also not restrained by a seatbelt and was transported to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. He said Hurst was pronounced dead at the scene.
Elder identified the Kia’s driver as Brittney Holland, 23, also of Ridgeway. He did not indicate whether Holland was wearing a seatbelt but did say she was flown to Palmetto Health Richland by helicopter.
Fellers confirmed that Holland was pregnant.
In a separate accident Tuesday morning, a Kershaw County woman was airlifted to a Midlands hospital after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 1 near Springdale Drive in Camden.
Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd said 21-year-old Imari Allen was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, after her 2008 Nissan car collided with a tractor trailer truck at the stop light in front of the Camden Wal-Mart.
The truck was driven by 60-year-old James Austin of Dallas, Ga.
“The truck came to a stop at the traffic light and the car behind it ran into the back of the truck,” Floyd said. “
Floyd said that according to several witnesses, the car appeared to first drift to the right, when the driver jerked the steering wheel to the left and the vehicle ran into the back of the truck.
Floyd said the accident is still being investigated.
(Staff Reporter Ashley L. Ford contributed to this report.)