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Car crash leaves two dead on Christmas

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By Alisha Laventure - bio | email

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Two Florence County residents are dead after the car they were riding in ran off of the road early Christmas morning.

Jamie Green, 34, was behind the wheel when his 2002 Chevrolet SUV veered off of the right side of the road around 3:25 am, as reported by Highway Patrol. He and the four passengers were headed westbound on Shirley Road, also known as Secondary 1064 Saturday morning.

Corporal Paul Brothers said the vehicle hit a ditch and turned over. "The car was torn up," Firefighter James Gaskins said. He was one of several rescue units that removed the crash victims from the wreck.

"It looks like you took a little matchbox car with a sledge hammer and turned it on its side and just hit it."

The Florence County Coroner's office identified the two victims as Brett D. McFadden, 58, of Lake City and Melissa B. Harold, 27, of Olanta. Highway Patrol said both were ejected from the vehicle.

McFadden died at the scene. Harold was taken to Carolinas Hospital, where she was later renounced dead.

"It's Christmas. Somebody's had a tragic loss, it's very sad," Tammy said. The driver did not want the reveal her surname, but she expressed great sorrow for the families of the two victims.

"I can only share that the good Lord gets them through this tough situation," she added.

Alfonso Lorenzo Harold, 33, from Olanta was taken to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center by air ambulance. Catherine Fullmore, 39, of Lake City was taken to McLeod Hospital.

Gaskins thinks the weather played a factor in the accident and urges drivers to be vigilant when driving.

""the roads, they will be frosted up," Gaskins noted. "When you're going down the road, at least go 5 miles below the speed limit. Take your time."

Corporal Brothers said the state Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the accident.

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