Originally created 03/06/02

Aiken wreck kills 2

AIKEN - Two men were killed, two others were injured and an infant was sent to the hospital after a two-car collision Tuesday afternoon.

In the wreck, a late-model Acura traveling more than 100 mph struck a Chevrolet Cavalier from behind on Banks Mill Road.

Clinton Bowles, 19, of Aiken, and Daniel Webster, 22, of New Ellenton, were killed in the collision, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said. The two men they were traveling with, Terry Chapman and Joseph Kessler, were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Chapman, who was driving the Acura, was in critical condition Tuesday night, according to an MCG spokeswoman. Mr. Kessler suffered several broken bones and was listed in serious condition, Lance Cpl. R.K. Hughes said.

The four men had been speeding south in the Acura.

The collision spun the Cavalier in a circle and sent the Acura end over end through the northbound lane of traffic.

The Acura struck two trees in its path and was so mangled that authorities couldn't immediately determine who was driving, Mr. Carlton said.

John Copley, a 3-month-old traveling in the Cavalier, was taken to MCG to be checked, Mr. Carlton said. He was strapped in a safety seat and was in good condition Tuesday night, the MCG spokeswoman said.

John's mother, 22-year-old Brandy Norman of Aiken, who was driving the Cavalier, and passenger Jeffrey Taylor were not injured.

Lance Cpl. Hughes said authorities were investigating the accident. They hadn't determined why Mr. Chapman was driving so fast.

Charges are pending.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 279-6895 or josh.gelinas@augustachronicle.com.


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