Coroner IDs 4 victims in Dillon County crash

Dillon County, SC - DILLON, SC (WMBF) - The Dillon County Coroner has identified four people killed late Tuesday night when two vehicles crashed north of Dillon.

SCHP officials said the two vehicles collided at the intersection of Old Hamer Road and Kentyre Road around 11:25 p.m. Authorities said a 1999 Saturn was eastbound on State Road 35, about 4.5 miles north of Dillon, when it ran a stop sign and was t-boned by a 2001 Volkswagen.

Officials declared four people occupying the Saturn dead at the scene.

Dillon County Coroner Sam Grimsley identified the victims as Jeffrey Carpenter Jr., 28, of Bowling Green, KY; Eric Michael Ross, 22, of Kentucky; Erin Hullett, 20, of Adolphus, KY; and Tera Brittany Doss, 18, of Latta.

Grimsley said Eric Ross and Tera Doss were brother and sister. Hullett was reportedly six months pregnant.

"Erin [Hullett] was carrying my grandchild, so yeah, I feel like I've lost five in this, and it just makes it doubly hard," said Wandella Miller, Tera and Eric's mother. "[Eric] was so excited about being a father. And it was a boy."

Cody Doss, who knew all four of the victims and was a brother to Eric Ross and Tera Doss, said each of the victims were fun and spontaneous alone, but all four at the same time was a different story.

"You put the four of them together and they're unstoppable," he said. "They are amazing and there's no telling what you're going to get yourself into with them."

"I expect to see [Tera] walk through a door or step out of a car, and I know it's not going to happen anymore because this isn't a dream," Cody Doss added.

Officials said none of the victims were wearing seatbelts. Two of the victims were ejected from the vehicle.

"I strongly urge everybody that is in a vehicle or car to please wear their seatbelts," Miller said. "It is so so important."

Miller noted all donatable organs from Ross and Doss will be given to those in need of transplants.

"Maybe some little part of them can live on," she said. "That's what they wanted, and I'm going to fulfill that wish for them. Maybe somebody out there will have my daughter's sparkling eyes and my son's generous heart."

Rescue workers say the car was so mangled that it took an hour to get one of the victims out of the car.

"When we came through here last night there was police, the police was covered all the way through here," said Earl McCoy, who witnessed the crash.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a 32-year-old Fairmont, NC man, was transported to McLeod Hospital in Dillon for treatment of injuries.

People who travel on the two roads daily claim the intersection is dangerous and need improvements.

"It makes me nervous," said Ruth Oxendine, who often travels from Fairmont to Dillon on Kentryre Road. "I wonder because I don't want to get in a wreck myself. I've been in one and almost got killed, and it makes me nervous."

Hamer resident Laura Murray added, "The fields - when they grow it's bad, you can't really see the cars coming. You have to really look."

The crash remains under investigation at this time. The highway patrol says they don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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