Fatal accidents bring change to intersection

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Mark Meredith - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - This weekend's fatal accident on North Kings Highway and Grande Dunes Boulevard brings the total number of people killed in car crashes to five for 2010, the same number that died in all of 2009, according to Myrtle Beach Police.

In Saturday's accident, Shane Terreberry died after being rushed to a Wilmington hospital. Investigators said Terreberry was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

"I can't understand why anyone chooses not to wear a piece of equipment that could potentially save your life," said J.E. Allen, a traffic investigator with Myrtle Beach Police.

Saturday's fatal comes just days after another person was killed at 17th Avenue South and Robert Grissom Parkway. That accident happened at the same intersection as another fatal on March 27.

"We've gone back and tried to make that intersection as safe as possible," Allen said. "We've added signs."

In both of the accidents that took place at 17th Avenue North and Grissom, the victims were not wearing seatbelts. South Carolina is among dozens of other states that have a state-wide seatbelt law.

That law changed back in 2005 when it became legal for a driver to be stopped for not wearing their seatbelt. Before the change, law enforcement was required to have another primary violation in order to pull a driver over.

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