Tragic Crash Kills One in Horry County, South Carolina (SC)
HORRY COUNTY, SC- Wmbfnews.com writes that a man from Longs was killed in a tragic crash this week in Horry County. The incident took place at Pine Needle Drive and West Highway 9 in the late morning. The victim, identified as a 74-year-old man, was transported to the Grand Strand Medical Center, where he passed away within hours of the crash. The cause of death was determined trauma resulting from a motor vehicle crash.*
The victim was operating a 2014 Mazda at the time of the wreck. Reports indicate that the man had made a left hand turn from Pine Needle Drive onto Highway 9 when a 2005 Kia collided with the side of the victim's car. The driver in the Kia also sustained injuries in the wreck and was transported to the hospital.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of people killed in car accidents dropped in 2018 by about 1,000. While the minor decrease of about 2.4 percent is a positive sign, the nation still lost 36,560 people in car crashes that year.
The number of children killed in collisions dropped by ten percent, and speeding-related crashes also declined by about six percent. There was also a five percent drop in motorcycle crash fatalities.
While some types of traffic deaths dropped, in other areas, increased fatalities off-set the progress. Pedestrian fatalities rose by about three percent, while six percent more cyclists died. Large truck occupant deaths also increase, but by just one percent.
The fatality rate declined as compared to previous years because while deaths dropped, miles driven increased.
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