LORIS, SC (WMBF) – Three people were killed in a head-on collision off Red Bluff Road in the Loris area Friday night, according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
According to information on the SCHP's website, the crash happened at 9:59 p.m., at 4613 Red Bluff Road near Little Hal Lane.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said the three people died due to mass trauma from the crash. He stated 24-year-old James Lawrence, three-year-old Lylah Lawrence and 59-year-old Victor Kelley died. All three people were from the Loris area, according to Fowler.
According to Lance Cpl. Southern, the driver of a 2001 Mitsubishi, traveling southbound was not wearing a seat belt and died on scene. In that Mitsubishi, a passenger also died on scene. Southern said that passenger was a child and was not wearing a seat belt. According to the report, a second child was also in that Mitsubishi and was also not properly restrained. That second child was transported to a local hospital with injuries.
The driver of the second car, a 2001 Dodge minivan, traveling northbound, also died on scene after becoming entrapped in the vehicle. Southern said there was a passenger in that van who was taken to a local hospital.
According to Southern, the Mitsubishi drove left of center on Red Bluff Road and struck the minivan head on. The crash is still under investigation.