The driver and his front-seat passenger died about 10 p.m. Three others were transported to the Medical College of Georgia with injuries.
The 1996 Ford Station Wagon was traveling south on Cooks Bridge Road when it veered off the right side of the road and struck a tree around 10 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The vehicle then overturned and struck a second tree before coming to a rest on its side.
The two men were not wearing their seatbelts correctly and were pronounced dead at the scene. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the driver as Henry Reedy, 49, of Aiken. The front-seat passenger was identified as Rico M. Copeland, 33 of Augusta,
Two 8-year-old Graniteville, S.C., children, who were not wearing seatbelts, had to be extricated from the car. Their 27-year-old mother, identified as Salemia Copeland, of Graniteville, was also not wearing her seatbelt. The mother and her children were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Highway Patrol. Toxicology is pending the driver.