Midnight Aiken crash kills 2, marking 5 fatalities in 5 days

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AIKEN -- A crash shortly before midnight near an Aiken cemetery killed two New Ellenton sisters. They were the 18th and 19th fatalities in the county this year, and the fourth and fifth in five days.

According to a news release from Coroner Tim Carlton, the single-car crash happened about 11:50 p.m. at the Southlawn Cemetery. Angela Manley, 19, of New Ellenton, was pronounced dead at the scene and her 18 year old sister Margaret Manley was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

The sisters were passengers in a vehicle driven by David Cummings, of Aiken.

According to the coroner's office, Mr. Cummings was traveling north on Whiskey Road when the vehicle left the roadway slid through the cemetery and struck a tree. Neither sister was wearing a seat belt.

The driver was also taken to MCG where he is being treated for a non life threatening back injury, the coroner's office said.

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