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Medical issue cause of crash that killed Surfside Beach teen

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18-year-old Cynthia Ayala (Source: Ayala family) 18-year-old Cynthia Ayala (Source: Ayala family)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Four months after a vehicle crash claimed the life of 18-year-old Cynthia Ayala, the South Carolina Highway Patrol has concluded their investigation surrounding how the crash occurred.

The car Cynthia Ayala was driving was struck while driving on Highway 17 Business near the Old Tyme Pottery in Surfside. She was declared dead on the scene.

The report released by the SCHP's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team states they conducted forensic mapping, heard audio recordings, viewed digital photographs and video footage and had the vehicle mechanically examined to determine what caused the crash.

Their reports concludes the driver of the vehicle that struck Ayala suffered from a "medical issue" and blacked out behind the wheel, causing him to cross several lanes of traffic at 50 miles per hour.

The speed limit in that area is 45 miles per hour. Ayala and four other vehicles involved in the accident where sitting at the traffic light on Highway 17 Business heading northbound. The driver that caused the crash was traveling on Frontage Road before he blacked out, the report states.

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