Aiken teen killed when car crashes into home

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 9:51 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 8:54 AM
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A 17-year-old Aiken resident was killed after a car in which he was riding hit a tree and a home in Graniteville this afternoon, the Aiken County coroner said.

Maverick T. Ashley was a passenger in a Ford Mustang GT driven by Jonathon Moore, 19, Coroner Tim Carlton said in an e-mail.

About 5:30 p.m., Moore was driving south on Gregg Street in Graniteville when the car ran off the street, went through a chain-link fence, hit a tree and then a home, Carlton said.

The car burst into flames, but neither the passenger nor driver had significant burn injuries, according to the coroner. The owner of the home that was hit was not injured.

Chief Deputy Coroner Daryl Ables pronounced Ashley dead at the scene from multiple body trauma. Moore was taken to Medical College of Georgia with unknown injuries, Carlton said.

Carlton added that while the wreck is under investigation, speed and inattention are thought to be contributing factors. He said this is the 21st fatal crash in Aiken County this year.

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countyman
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countyman 09/23/10 - 10:05 pm
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21st fatal crash? There are

21st fatal crash? There are too many rural two lane roads in Aiken County. The county is closing in on 160k in population.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/23/10 - 10:15 pm
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Aiken County is huge

Aiken County is huge geographically.. one of the largest in SC.. you could fit nearly 5 Richmond counties in it. Despite the population, still the majority of the county is rural.

KSL
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KSL 09/23/10 - 10:18 pm
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You are so right, Emery,

You are so right, Emery, Aiken County is the size of one of the 57 states (Rhode Island)

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 09/24/10 - 01:24 am
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SPEED KILLS!!!

SPEED KILLS!!!

Brenda_G
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Brenda_G 09/24/10 - 02:46 am
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KSLThursday, Sep. 23 10:18 PM

KSLThursday, Sep. 23 10:18 PM You are so right, Emery, Aiken County is the size of one of the 57 states (Rhode Island).
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Did Ohambone slip in a few more states when I wasn't looking?

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wsm141 09/24/10 - 06:01 am
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Aiken County is the largest

Aiken County is the largest county in SC

wsm141
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wsm141 09/24/10 - 06:19 am
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Yeah last time I counted

Yeah last time I counted there were only 50 states.

airbud7
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airbud7 09/24/10 - 07:13 am
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S.C.•Largest county (land

S.C.•Largest county (land area only) – Horry (1,133 square miles)
•Largest county (land & water area) – Berkeley (1,230 square miles)
•Smallest county – McCormick (360 square miles)

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/24/10 - 07:17 am
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When the obama was

When the obama was campaigning for his present position, he referred to the 57 states of his adopted country. KSL is being subtly humorous.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/24/10 - 07:20 am
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19 year old driver with a

19 year old driver with a Mustang GT hitting a house and tree.
Where to start?

workingirl32
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workingirl32 09/24/10 - 07:30 am
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Driving Mustang GT makes them

Driving Mustang GT makes them too kool and forget about the speed. Good lesson learned.

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cricketflea 09/24/10 - 08:21 am
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SO SORRY for the family, many

SO SORRY for the family, many condolences.

A Mustang is plainly just too much car for a teenage driver. They already think they are 10 feet tall and bulletproof! In other words, they don't think anything will happen to them. Mustangs just plainly have too much power and look too cool. I know the teens love and want the coolest car around. I went through a HUGE fight when my son was a teen; I won the argument about the cool/uncool car.....NOW he understands.

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ispy4u 09/24/10 - 08:24 am
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Amazing how some are so

Amazing how some are so fixated with the President, that they will find the most inappropriate situation, to bring his name up. Sad!

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pommom38 09/24/10 - 09:17 am
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If you also count water, then

If you also count water, then AC is one of the largest. We have 1100 sq miles of just rural area.
Yes CM, 21! People call hwy 56 the dieway for good reason, around here, with such a large land area, you're bound to have more wrecks. How many fatalities in RC this year? Am just curious. SC usually ranks high, but look at how massive it is! Just between Horry county, Berkeley county, and Aiken county, that's half of SC.. lol
And it doesn't matter what car they drive! Drive the speed limit and pay attention, you live.
My deepest condolences to both the families, this has to be beyond difficult to handle.

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bree026 09/24/10 - 09:39 am
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Brenda_G Friday, Sept. 24th

Brenda_G Friday, Sept. 24th at 2:46am.... "Did Ohambone slip in a few more states when I wasn't looking?" ..... LOL

GetOverIt
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GetOverIt 09/24/10 - 10:19 am
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I was a teenager with a

I was a teenager with a Mustang....and I lived to tell about it. No accidents, no speeding tickets. I'm 37 now and own 4 Mustangs and 2 Camaros. It isn't the car. It is the driver. People die every day in Honda Civics, Chrysler Minivans, and Hyundai Sonatas just to name a few. I can kill myself in a Jeep Cherokee or Volkswagon Bug just as easily as I can in a Mustang. If you drive too fast in anything, it's dangerous. Drivers (ALL drivers) need to learn respect for the power ANY vehicle has...and ALWAYS wear your seat belt. My condolences to the families. I can't imagine the pain this must cause.

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corgimom 09/24/10 - 11:09 am
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I had a Mustang at 19, too.

I had a Mustang at 19, too. Yes, it's the driver, not the car.

The Shadow
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The Shadow 09/24/10 - 12:24 pm
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Why does any teenager deserve

Why does any teenager deserve to have a brand new mustang or other luxury, race car? Teenagers and especially teen aged males tend to be risk takers. Why give them a car with obscene amount of horsepower to make it any worse?

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pommom38 09/24/10 - 12:45 pm
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Deserve?? You apparently

Deserve?? You apparently think ALL teens with muscle cars get them bought for them. Um, no..
Again, it is not the car.. If you want to blame a dang car, then fine.. If it is high horsepower, then all the more respect you pay it. You don't judge every accident a teen is in on the car. My brother was 18, had an awesome camaro. He paid the payments, and no wrecks/tickets. I had friends, (male and female) that had awesome muscle cars, no wrecks/tickets. They paid a higher ins premium, but heck.. Depending on what car you drive, it's high now when you're older. We can all go back and forth all day on car vs driver, and accomplish nothing! Point remains the same, a life is lost and 2 families must bear this burden for the rest of their lives. The driver, (though at fault) will forever live this nightmare and hopefully learns to drive safer.

The Shadow
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The Shadow 09/24/10 - 01:38 pm
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Most teens usually don't have

Most teens usually don't have 30,000 - 100,000 just tucked away to buy that car when they turn 16. Usually money and daddy pay for it. Go look at Greenbrier's student lot. I'd be willing to bet more then half of the new cars you see out there were bought and paid for by mommy and daddy and little Junior didn't fork over one penny.

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Fiat_Lux 09/24/10 - 02:58 pm
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Nothing like a little class

Nothing like a little class envy to keep the conversation on topic.

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rmwhitley 09/24/10 - 03:07 pm
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I'm sad for the families.
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I'm sad for the families. Unfortunately, it seems the passenger always pays for the driver's errors/mistakes/arrogance.

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GetOverIt 09/24/10 - 03:52 pm
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That wasn't a new Mustang.

That wasn't a new Mustang. That was a 1994 Mustang. 16 years old. The car and the kid were almost the same age. Not a $30,000.00 car. Try about $4,500.00 IF it had around 50,000 miles on it. The guy may have bought the car himself.

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