Crash kills Beech Island teen

A Beech Island teen died Wednesday night following a crash on Silver Bluff road near Town Creek Road.


According to a statement released by the Aiken County coroner, Steven A. Burleson, 18, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the Aiken Regional Medical Center.

A 17-year-old passenger Austin Paige McNamee also of Beech Island was in the  1998 Ford Mustang driven by Mr. Burleson. She was transported to the same hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to witnesses Mr. Burleson was traveling at a high rate of speed on Silver Bluff Road when another vehicle was attempting to make a right turn onto Silver Bluff Road. Mr. Burleson sideswiped the pickup truck, veered off Silver Bluff and struck a power pole.

Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash. Both driver and passenger were wearing their seatbelts. Toxicology is pending. This is the 15th fatal crash in Aiken County in 2010, Coroner Tim Carlton said.




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