An unsuspecting driver was going about his business on Friday when he was suddenly struck by a wrong way driver. Head-on collisions are a somewhat rare type of car accident, consisting of only two percent of all vehicle crashes, but one out of ten traffic accident victims dies because of a head-on crash. This was the case when a Myrtle Beach man died after an accident in which he was driving the wrong way on U.S. 501, authorities said Friday. The man from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC) died from multiple injuries he received in the crash, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.
The driver of the car he sideswiped probably never saw the accident coming. He was after all driving on the right side of the road.
Golden on the other hand was driving the wrong way on the U.S. 501 bridge over Forestbrook Road when he sideswiped the victim's car and ran into the retaining wall, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The condition of the second person wasn't available on Friday. We hope that his injuries are minor, although we know any injury at the hand of an irresponsible driver is unacceptable.
We are not sure why the at-fault driver was going the wrong way, but statistics show it is usually because the driver is distracted. It could have been a number of factors such as, speeding, driver inattention, or even driver fatigue.
The investigation into the wrong-way crash is continuing. A preventable death is always a tragic death. Even though the driver was at-fault his family still will miss him terribly and my thoughts go out to them. However the driver he struck as well as his passenger will be forced to live with the consequences.