A teenager was killed in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on a South Carolina highway on Tuesday, according to the Aiken County Coroner’s Office.
Shajira Betties died at the scene of the collision between two vehicles, Coroner Darryl Ables said. The 17-year-old Aiken resident suffered blunt injuries, according to Ables.
The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. on US 78, near the intersection with Cedar Branch Road, said Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. It’s in the Windsor area of Aiken County.
Betties was heading west on the US 78 in a 2013 Nissan Altima when the car swerved to the right side of the road, according to Tidwell. Betties over-corrected and the car got back on the road, but the Nissan crossed the center line and was now in the eastbound lane where it crashed into a 2017 Chevrolet pickup truck, Tidwell said.
After the collision, the Nissan pulled off the road, according to Tidwell.
The Chevrolet driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, Ables said.
Information whether Betties was wearing a seat belt was not available.
No other injuries were reported by highway patrol.
There was no word on what caused Nissan to go off the road, but the crash continues to be investigated by Highway Patrol. The coroner’s office said it was awaiting toxicology test results.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 570 people have died on South Carolina roads in 2021, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Safety.
At least 16 people were killed in crashes in Aiken County in 2021, according to the DPS.