A South Carolina father was killed and his son was seriously injured in a car crash that local police are blaming on wet roads.
According to South Carolina news outlets, 34-year-old Ryan Rinelle was driving an SUV on Interstate 20 when he lost control of his car on slick roads and left the roadway. The car then struck a pine tree, killing Rinelle and leaving his four-year-old son, Decklin, with a serious head injury.
Rinelle, who may or may not have been wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the SC car accident. An autopsy later revealed that the man died of a traumatic brain injury and blunt force trauma to the head. Decklin, who was restrained in a child safety seat in the back of the car, was treated for a traumatic brain injury by emergency medical responders at the scene before being taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The car was traveling eastbound in a rainstorm on Sunday, July 11, in the evening when the accident occurred. The man was driving a 2005 Toyota Scion when the vehicle struck a pine tree.
Rainy roads can be extremely dangerous to those driving on South Carolina roads – especially if rain showers obstruct vision.