Accident kills 2 North Augusta men

Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 6:07 AM
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Two North Augusta men were killed late Sunday night after their vehicle struck a pine tree on Gregory Lake Road in Edgefield County.

Ryan Craven, 26, of Gregory Lake Road in North Augusta, and Ryan Tyler McNeal, 23, of Whitebark Avenue in North Augusta, were ejected from their car, a 2002 Lexus, and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Neither man was wearing a seatbelt, authorities said. They were heading east on Gregory Lake Road at about 11:40 p.m. when the car ran off the left side shoulder and struck the pine tree

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/03/11 - 07:11 am
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God Bless Their Soul.
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God Bless Their Soul.

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 01/03/11 - 08:32 am
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Knowing Gregory Lake Rd.,

Knowing Gregory Lake Rd., that road has some steep hills and curves. Being retired from NAPS, sounds to me the driver was going way to fast on that road. 35 MPH speed limit on that road.
God Bless their souls.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/03/11 - 09:06 am
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@nadps53jrt: Your past

@nadps53jrt: Your past service is appreciated, but there is no need to speculate and point fingers at the driver when the only detail is the road and the end result. Two people lost their lives; two people who are loved and will be missed by someone. No need whatsoever to place blame when there are no details available, especially when families are grieving.

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 01/03/11 - 09:36 am
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Striking a pine tree hard

Striking a pine tree hard enough to eject both tells me right there the car was going to fast for conditions.
If you have never driven on that road, go try, you will see as to why it is a 35MPH zone.

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airbud7 01/03/11 - 09:47 am
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Yes nadps53jrt, That road has

Yes nadps53jrt, That road has some steep hills and curves, I've had some close calls on that first curve coming from martintown rd (where the pond dam is) My heart goes out to the families.

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dwb619 01/03/11 - 09:48 am
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You need to look at the

You need to look at the pictures of the car. Must be four different pieces. I don't think that would be the result of a low speed impact. Pictures are on Edgefielddaily.com web site.

jones255
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jones255 01/03/11 - 09:49 am
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Hey "bdouglas" - nadps53jrt

Hey "bdouglas" - nadps53jrt is right. The two people that died, were killed because they were NOT wearing seatbelts, and were ejected. The vehicle was going fast enough that it also rolled over after the tree. FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS !! Two people lost their lives, because they made a poor choice.

lovethebeach45
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lovethebeach45 01/03/11 - 09:53 am
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Does anyone know if they had

Does anyone know if they had there seat belts on, i have seen first hand when someone does not wear there seat belts,

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harley_52 01/03/11 - 10:25 am
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lovethebeach, You ask "Does

lovethebeach,

You ask "Does anyone know if they had there seat belts on...."

Yes. Those who read the three paragraph article above among them.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 01/03/11 - 10:39 am
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Too Much Time don't assume

Too Much Time don't assume have respect for the next of kin.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 01/03/11 - 11:05 am
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That road is literally like

That road is literally like the Scream machine....deadly if you're "under the weather" and/or traveling too fast. Condolences to their families.

dani
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dani 01/03/11 - 11:50 am
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The men were locals (one

The men were locals (one actually lived on that road) and familiar with the street and the area, so let's wait until the facts come out

Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 01/03/11 - 12:32 pm
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I don't think that a high

I don't think that a high rate of speed being involved is an assumption. The pictures prove that. The question would be why were they going so fast. That, I won't speculate on.

Condolences to the families of the two gentlemen.

godogs
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godogs 01/03/11 - 12:54 pm
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I have recently traveled that

I have recently traveled that road several times to take a friend of my son's home and whether going fast or not that is an extremeally dangerous road. There needs to be at least a few more guard rails, especially within a couple of miles in both directions of the pond. I wouldn't want my child driving that road at all. They waited to put up a guard rail after two people were killed at the bridge in Beech Island 278/125, let's not wait until more are killed on this road. There is a definite necessity of more guard rails on Gregory Lake Road.

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Displaced 01/04/11 - 09:28 am
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This accident has had a

This accident has had a profound impact on my life and of those that I hold dear.

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soldout 01/03/11 - 01:04 pm
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So sad; hopefully no alcohol

So sad; hopefully no alcohol was involved because that is even sader because it could have been prevented.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/03/11 - 01:15 pm
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I doubt seatbelts would have

I doubt seatbelts would have made any difference other than where the bodies would have been discovered. That car is demolished. Much sympathy to all affected.

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Princess05 01/03/11 - 01:22 pm
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It just amazing that 2 men

It just amazing that 2 men were killed and people are worried about the freaking speed limit! I don't suspect anything else though from this town. The two men will be missed and loved!

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sueboo418 01/03/11 - 01:29 pm
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Princess, IF they had not

Princess, IF they had not been speeding these 2 young men would probably still be alive so YES speed is part of the discussion here. Prayers to the family. So sad no matter what the circumstances. :(

whatahoot
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whatahoot 01/03/11 - 01:38 pm
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How sad that any of the

How sad that any of the family members might end up reading this garbage. :( It's hard enough for me knowing the families. Quit commenting and get on your knees and pray for all.

Indigo
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Indigo 01/03/11 - 01:51 pm
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GLR is a death-trap on the

GLR is a death-trap on the Edgefield County end of things. Wish they would redesign it for safer conditions.

MK1987
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MK1987 01/03/11 - 01:56 pm
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Seatbelts can most certainly

Seatbelts can most certainly save lives, but not always. I just had a friend and his girlfriend die in a head-on collision and both of them were wearing seatbelts while the driver of the other vehicle was not and will walk away with non life-threatening injuries. A little bit different situation, but when you look at the condition of the car, it's clear that a seatbelt wouldn't have made a difference. Regardless of the circumstances, save your speculation (and at times disrespectful and downright rude comments) for your personal conversations out of respect for the family. It's hard enough losing a loved one regardless of how or why it happened.

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middlemissing 01/03/11 - 04:05 pm
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This is a terrible tragedy,

This is a terrible tragedy, let's not blame, we have all been guilty of driving too fast or even with poor judgement at some point in time in our lives, let us all say plenty of prayers for those two mens families! Lord knows they will need our communities support and love more now than ever, these are the times to come together not try and tear each other apart!!!

carolinagirl1019
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carolinagirl1019 01/03/11 - 04:12 pm
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Oh I will miss Biggie! He was

Oh I will miss Biggie! He was a good person, and such a nice guy! While this situation is so sad, and so many people have been affected by the loss of these two wonderful guys... let this be a lesson to us all to drive safe and make WISE decisions before we get behind the wheel. We will miss you Biggie and Craven. RIP.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/03/11 - 05:14 pm
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Such a sad..sad day for us

Such a sad..sad day for us all in NA...............

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sassymouth 01/03/11 - 07:26 pm
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SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAYS ARE

SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAYS ARE DIE WAYS...It is unfortunate that people have to lose their live every day in this state...which is ranked #1 in traffic fatalities in the United States...Just as the young couple who was struck by a drunk driver and both killed....Law enforcement needs to quit stopping people for stupid stuff and be aware of this problem...or there will be more occurences like this...My heart goes out to all families involved these kids were all too young....

LiveAndLetLive
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LiveAndLetLive 01/03/11 - 07:55 pm
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They may have encountered a

They may have encountered a deer crossing the road at that time of night. That is the main reason the speed limit on Martintown Rd. was lowered from 55mph to 50 mph. A lot of deer in that area, especially late nights/early morning hours. Drivers need to be aware of this, and foggy conditions as well are prevalent there, being fairly close to the Savannah River.

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dougk 01/03/11 - 08:27 pm
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and exactly WHAT do you want
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and exactly WHAT do you want law enforcement to do about it, sassymouth? Or are you just looking for someone or something to blame other than the ones responsible??

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InChristLove 01/03/11 - 08:37 pm
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My prayers go out to both

My prayers go out to both these families but I'm confused about a statement in the article. It said the car ran off the left shoulder? I'm guessing this means it crossed the oncoming lane and went off the left side of the road. Could they have possibly had a blow out on a tire?

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snakebite2004 01/03/11 - 08:58 pm
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To clear some things up, they

To clear some things up, they turned down GLR and its straigh a ways, the you go into about a long swooping 45* turn.....when the road starts to turn, it appreas to me the car never tried to turn and therefore went across the oncoming lane and then into the trees. I live on this road and drive it day in and day out and have for the last 15 years. Yes, there are many deer that cross right there, i saw 2 of them sunday night just 2 hours prior to their accident. There is also steep embankment on right side so if they swerved to hit a deer it would of been easy to over correct the car sending it into a roll. regardless of how it turn out 2 of my friends are gone. They are both Sons, brothers, freinds to all. May god have them watching over us now and forever in that they are in a better place. My blessings and condolences go out to the craven and mcneal family's.

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