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Two killed in head-on collision
By ANNA BROWN
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a head-on collision that killed two Chester County women Friday.
The wreck occurred around 11:35 a.m. in the 3800 block of Jonesville-Lockhart Highway (S.C. 9) near Adams Lake Road. Union County Coroner William Holcombe identified the victims as Tara S. Worthy, 28, of 2877 Pilgram Road, Chester, the driver of a 2013 Kia Soul, and her passenger, Quenzella S. Wilkes, 28, of 926 Quenzell Senior Road, Carlisle. Both women were wearing seatbelts. Both were trapped in the vehicle and rescue personnel had to use mechanical means to free them.
The driver of the other car, Victor Goode, 19, of Pauline, was flown by helicopter to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He was trapped in his 2006 Ford Mustang before being freed by rescue workers. He was not wearing a seatbelt. He is a patient in the intensive care unit at the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
Lance Cpl. Tony Keller of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Worthy was driving north on S.C. 9 when the wreck occurred. She and Wilkes were pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Holcombe said family members were unsure where the women were headed when the wreck occurred but thought they might have been going to put in job applications.
The road was blocked off to traffic for several hours after the wreck occurred and while the Patrol's Multijurisdictional Accident Investigation Team team gathered evidence.
Truck driver John Bohan and his wife, Genia, of Manning arrived at the wreck shortly after it occurred. The Bohans were headed to Spartanburg to pick up a load of metal. Both formerly worked as nurses. They said they checked the pulses of the two women and then tried to help Goode.
“We got a metal bar and tried to lift the steering wheel off his chest,” Genia said.
Goode's work name tag was on the seat next to him. The Bohans said they tried to talk to him and help him maintain consciousness. They asked him if he wanted them to phone his mother. He gave them a number but it did not work.
The Bohans said they see a lot of bad wrecks in their work travels. They expressed sympathy to the families involved.
“This close to Christmas - when I see this it just crushes me,” Genia said.
Dwayne and Gina Grant, who live near where the wreck occurred, stood in their yard with their dog and watched as ambulances and fire trucks arrived. Gina said the wreck had just happened and she passed it on the way home and called 911. She said her husband heard the loud crash when the cars collided but didn't know what it was.
“He thought someone had shot a gun,” she said.
Holcombe said autopsies for Worthy and Wilkes are scheduled Saturday at Newberry Pathology Associates.
(Posted December 15, 2014)