Evans teen killed, two injured in Aiken County crash

An Evans teenager was killed and two others seriously injured Wednesday when a car struck a tree near Bath, S.C.

About 2 p.m., a 2004 Jeep Cherokee was traveling north on Dixie Clay Road when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment and a tree, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

Helen Reid, 18, was ejected from the Jeep and died at the scene, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Reid, a passenger in the rear seat, was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver, Austin Beard, of North Augusta, and a second passenger, who was not identified, were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition. Beard and the unidentified passenger were wearing seatbelts, Jones said.

The Jeep was traveling at a high rate of speed and overturned, Carlton said.