HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The Horry County Coroner’s Office said an eight-year-old boy died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning in the Conway area.
Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy said Austin Streeter died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Tony Casey, spokesperson for Horry County Fire Rescue, said crews were dispatched at 7:45 a.m. Thursday to Juniper Bay Road and Jeffords Drive for a single-vehicle rollover.
According to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a 2014 Hyundai Elantra was traveling east on Juniper Bay Road when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.
The driver was taken to the hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to Casey.
WMBF News spoke with neighbors nearby and one of them said they ran over as soon as they saw a car had flipped to help in any way they could.
“I rushed over and the lady was in the car and couldn’t breathe,” said neighbor Glenn Jordan.
He ran home to grab bars to possibly pry open the car door, but when he returned others in the community had gotten the door open.
But what really upset those nearby was the news of the passenger who was killed in the crash.
Another neighbor said she was there as crews worked to clean up the area.
“It’s sad," said resident Christy Jordan. "I had actually just dropped my child off from school and to get a phone call that there’s a wreck in your front yard and there’s people everywhere, I rushed home to find there were was a child entrapped under a vehicle that had wrecked in front of my front yard.”
Jordan said she’s lived in the area for a while and, though they haven’t been fatal until Thursday, she said she sees crashes happen all the time.
“It hit home… it breaks my heart, it makes me wanna get mine from school and hold him and hug him," Jordan said.
Neighbor Glenn Jordan said he even has a hard time mowing his yard and doesn’t like to get too close to the side of the road.
“I’m on the other side of the road and I have to mow my grass and I’m all the time picking car parts up, there’s ruts in the yard where they’ve slid through and a big space where they can drive off but it’s a frequent, frequent thing,” said Jordan.
Neighbors only ask for one thing, they want to see the speed limit decreased in the area because they have small children around and fear they can easily be hit by a vehicle.
“I saw a child being pulled out from under a car today," said resident Wesley Grainger. "Fourth day of school and he’ll never make it. It could be your child, your grandchild, please prevent that from happening.”