Aiken teen killed when car crashes into home

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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