A collision between two vehicles on White Horse Road in Welcome, South Carolina (SC), sent one of the cars into a gas station parking lot and into a bank of pumps. No fire or explosion occurred as a result of the Oct. 21, 2014, wreck near the city of Greenville, but several people suffered serious injuries and a 19-year-old teenager lost her life.
Witnesses reported that the accident began with two cars making contact near the intersection of Welcome Avenue next to a Sphinx gas station. Two people in the vehicle that remained on the road got hurt, and the other vehicle continued into the lot. Two teens, including the driver, survived with major injuries. The young woman who died was passenger in the car that hit the gas pumps.
Police did not release information on why the wreck occurred. My Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorneys know for our experience representing accident victims and our research into traffic safety, however, that young, inexperienced drivers like the one who appears to have caused this crash are prone to speeding unsafely, changing lanes without exercising proper caution and becoming distracted while behind the wheel. Traveling with other teenaged passengers only ups the risk for these negligent or reckless behaviors.
Whatever led to the deadly accident, the tragic death and most-likely avoidable injuries cannot be undone. We send our condolences to the family members of the deceased victim and extend our hopes for quick recoveries to those hurt through no fault of their own.