Originally created 05/03/04

Two Marines die in car wreck

BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Two Marines died and a third was injured during a crash Saturday morning, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Paul Brouthers said the 1995 Chevrolet Camaro they were in flipped and hit a tree at about 3:30 a.m. on S.C. 46 near the New River. A 20-year-old man driving and a 23-year-old man in the front passenger seat were killed, Brouthers told The ilton Head) Island Packet.

The Marines served at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The names, hometowns and rank of the Marines who died will not be released until after their families are notified, said Capt. Don Caetano, spokesman for the Air Station.

"We offer our condolences to the family and we'll find out what happened," Caetano said.

The third Marine, 23-year-old Jeremy Michael Jones of Beaufort, was taken the Memorial Health University Medical Center Savannah and later released, according to a hospital spokesman.

Brouthers said the car was heading toward Savannah and was likely speeding when the driver lost control and went off the left side of the road.

The two men who died were wearing their seat belts, Brouthers said.

Caetano said an investigation is done whenever a service member is killed or hurt. He said the military's inquiry will be done in concert with local and state law enforcement offices.


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