2 killed in 2 single-vehicle accidents Friday, officials confirm

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Highway Patrol officers responded to two single-vehicle fatal accidents in the area on Friday.

At about 12:48 p.m. on Friday, April 5, a four-door car was traveling on Highway 707 in Georgetown County, near the Horry County line, when it ran off the roadway, struck a traffic sign, and then a tree, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol official Cpl. Sonny Collins.

The passenger, 93-year-old Marguerite Freeland from Conway, died in the hospital, the Georgetown County Coroner's Office confirmed. She was wearing a seatbelt. At this point, no charges have been filed against the driver, a 73-year-old woman from Conway, and the accident remains under investigation.

Also on Friday, a Chevy Camaro traveling north on Highway 501 near Marion ran off the roadway and struck a tree, Collins said. The front seat passenger, Rycham Hawkins, a North Carolina man in his late teens or early 20's, was killed, and the driver was transported to a nearby hospital, the Marion County Coroner said. That crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

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