NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina woman is dead and another injured after a car ran into a golf cart Wednesday night in North Myrtle Beach.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick identified the victim as Kathern Snipes, 65, of Greensboro, NC.
According to an initial release from North Myrtle Beach officials, the crash happened at 6 p.m. when the driver of a Toyota Camry traveling in the 1500 block of Havens Drive reportedly swerved to avoid an animal in the road.
The car then hit a golf cart occupied by a couple. A woman thrown from the cart was dead at the scene, according to the release. The man was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for injuries sustained.
Jason Word, who lives right where the crash happened, said he tried to save the woman, but she was too badly injured.
"I was on the phone with 911, and 911 instructed us to roll the lady over and begin chest compressions," Word said. "They asked if she had a pulse, had breathing, and at the time she didn't. So we did chest compressions. It took two and a half, three minutes for EMS to arrive on scene, which is really good. But by that time it was beyond anything anyone could do."
As the investigation continued, witnesses interviewed by North Myrtle Beach Public Safety personnel said the driver of the Toyota Camry did not, as initially claimed, swerve to avoid an animal in the roadway.
Instead, the driver was reportedly traveling at a fast rate of speed and tried to pass a car in front of her, a North Myrtle Beach release stated. In doing so, the Camry collided with the golf cart.
One of the witnesses who provided that updated information to public safety personnel was reportedly the driver of the car that was passed. The South Carolina Highway Patrol's Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) has been called in to investigate.