It was the third fatal accident in Aiken County this week and the ninth this year.
Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said the driver of a 1994 Honda Civic died after the vehicle was hit on the left side by a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup on New Holland Road near Gunter Pond Road around 11:40 p.m. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the driver as Chase Ray. Carlton added that the pickup didn’t stop at a stop sign before crashing into the car, and that the pickup’s driver, Robert Pou, 31, of Wagener, said his accelerator malfunctioned.
A passenger, identified as Amber Williams, 19, of Wagener, was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
Both were wearing seat belts.
Pou was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. His passenger, Barbara Vinson, 27, of Wagener, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Both people in the Ford were not wearing seat belts, Jones said.