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Road racing causes head-on crash: Officers say road racing in Colleton is a felony pastime

By HEATHER WALTERS

The S.C. Freeway patrol is investigating a case of drag racing in Colleton County that resulted in a lady being critically injured. On Sunday, April 18th, at about 9 p.m., a 67-year-old Colleton girl was driving down Lowcountry Freeway close to Smoaks when her car was struck head-on by a person who was allegedly drag-racing.

In line with Barry McRoy, chief of Colleton County Hearth-Rescue, a 911-emergency caller acknowledged {that a} road racer had struck the girl’s car. The girl was in essential situation when firefighter-paramedics arrived on scene, stated McRoy. She was taken to Colleton Medical Middle to be stabilized earlier than she was transported to Trident Medical Middle.

In line with Trooper Tyler Tidwell, with the South Carolina Freeway Patrol, the freeway patrol’s MATE Crew is investigating this drag racing case in Colleton County. The MATE Crew is a specialised group that investigates “advanced collisions,” he stated.

As of press deadline on Tuesday, this case was nonetheless underneath an lively investigation. The identification of the male driver of the car that struck the sufferer’s car is being withheld, pending the investigation outcomes. Drag racing in Colleton County is a felony exercise that’s changing into increasingly more frequent. This newspaper filed a Freedom of Data Act with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Workplace. Based mostly on data offered by the sheriff’s workplace from that request, there was a complete of 99 drag racing incidents documented in Colleton County in 2020 by the sheriff’s workplace. A few of these incidents had been massive, leading to a number of arrests without delay.

Along with these incidents documented by the sheriff’s workplace, there are further drag racing circumstances investigated by the S.C. Freeway Patrol. In line with Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s workplace, there are a couple of areas within the county which are extra fashionable than others for road racing. These areas are alongside Ritter Street and Bowman Street and on Freeway 21, close to a leisure ball area. Road racing isn’t simply harmful for these racing, but additionally for the motorists travelling in these areas. It is usually harmful for the residents who dwell within the space, she stated. “That is an criminal activity in itself, however the security hazards and the implications that come from road racing are in depth,” she stated.

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