Charges will be filed in collision

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A Barnwell County native, who was going to turn 19 next month, won't get to continue her studies to be a nurse.

Morgan Renew, 18, who was living in Bluffton, S.C., died at an Augusta hospital after two sport utility vehicles collided Friday evening on Washington Road near Thurmond Lake.  Special
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Morgan Renew, 18, who was living in Bluffton, S.C., died at an Augusta hospital after two sport utility vehicles collided Friday evening on Washington Road near Thurmond Lake.

Morgan Renew, 18, who was living in Bluffton, S.C., died at an Augusta hospital after two sport utility vehicles collided Friday evening on Washington Road near Thurmond Lake.

Renew was the only person killed in the wreck that sent 12 other people to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Renew, a 2010 graduate of Barnwell High School, was attending the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

She was partially ejected from a 2006 Ford Explorer after a collision with a 1992 Jeep Cherokee near Appling, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

As of Saturday evening, five people in the accident were still hospitalized and the rest had been discharged from MCG.

According to Morris, the Jeep was driven by Angel Herrin, 34, of the 700 block of Bennock Mill Road, Augusta, and was headed east on Washington Road shortly before 9 p.m. The Explorer, driven by Kristine Heath, 35, of the 2200 block of Dartmouth Court, Augusta, was traveling south on Ridge Road.

Heath failed to stop for a stop sign and traveled in front of the Jeep, Morris said. The Jeep hit the right side of the Explorer, causing it to overturn.

Morris said charges against Heath are pending. As of Saturday evening, Morris did not have additional details about the wreck, including information about seat belt use.

Two passengers from Heath's vehicle were still hospitalized Saturday.

Jamie Whitehead, 33, of Warrenville, was in serious condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. Brian Whitehead, 31, of Warrenville, was in fair condition.

One passenger of the Jeep, Marshall Herrin, 36, was still listed in critical condition Saturday night.

Angel Herrin, 34, the driver, and passenger, Brittany Herrin, 9, were listed in serious condition.

Renew, who was riding in the rear of the Explorer, died at the hospital of blunt impact injuries, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

Funeral services for Renew will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Barnwell First Baptist Church.

Reach Jenna Martin at (706) 868-1222, ext. 109 or jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com.

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raul
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raul 06/18/11 - 12:02 pm
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Late news, AC.

Late news, AC.

OhWell
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OhWell 06/18/11 - 12:24 pm
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Took you a while to post.

Took you a while to post.

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 06/18/11 - 12:39 pm
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About 12 hours too late. Not

About 12 hours too late. Not so much "breaking news" anymore. Already got all the details from another news source.

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AutumnLeaves 06/18/11 - 01:04 pm
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I'm sure they had their

I'm sure they had their reasons. That is a lot of family to be notified FIRST. If I was a family member I wouldn't want to hear it unofficially through media before I heard it officially!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/18/11 - 01:04 pm
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THAT could very well lead to

THAT could very well lead to another accident!

dmoon1
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dmoon1 06/18/11 - 01:09 pm
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How could Morgan be a

How could Morgan be a passenger in the Explorer when it says, "she was ejected from the Jeep?"

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/18/11 - 01:24 pm
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God Bless those people!
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God Bless those people!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/18/11 - 01:48 pm
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Both drivers should be

Both drivers should be charged. There aren't enough seats for 6 people in a Jeep Cherokee, and there certainly aren't enough for 7 in an Explorer, let alone seatbelts. Neither was safely operating a motor vehicle...

raul
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raul 06/18/11 - 02:58 pm
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the AC got it wrong in the

the AC got it wrong in the narrative content. The deceased was in the Explorer, not the Jeep.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/18/11 - 04:57 pm
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Horrible!......Prayers to
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Horrible!......Prayers to all....so sad.

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 06/18/11 - 06:15 pm
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autumnleaves, this accident

autumnleaves, this accident was known about last night. Channel 12 had it on their 11 pm newscast. They didn't give out names then.

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proudgunowner 06/18/11 - 06:37 pm
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Hate to argue with anyone at
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Hate to argue with anyone at a sad time like this, but my Explorer has seating for 7. Two front bucket seats, three seats in the second row and there is a THIRD seat in the rear for two with seatbelts. With that being said, my prayers to the family of this beautiful young girl. Sounds like she had a promising future. People, PLEASE be careful and ALWAYS wear your seatbelt!

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vmcdougal01 06/18/11 - 06:48 pm
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I am not sure about a 1996,

I am not sure about a 1996, but my 2002 Explorer has 7 seats and 7 seat belts, and while adults should be accountable for not making children wear seat belts or packing too many kids in a vehicle, that did not cause the accident. Not stopping at a stop sign did. I think the parents that were in the jeep are suffering for it already, being how they are in critical condition, and with all of their kids hurt in the hospital. As humans, we all make bad decisions that may affect others. I just pray that everyone else survives. Then people can worry about formal charges. Prayers for the beautiful girl's family that lost her life. Very tragic.

Alan English
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Alan English 06/18/11 - 08:50 pm
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Raul, that version was

Raul, that version was corrected. Thank you.

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jr29730 06/19/11 - 09:31 am
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I can't believe you people

I can't believe you people were so concerned about who posted what first. The real issue here is that a young life has been cut tragically short. Shouldn't we be mourning and praying for her family, not poking fun at this or that news outlet for when it posted the story?

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JAndy 06/24/11 - 01:46 pm
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Very good Woody

Very good Woody

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