Victims identified in Hartsville fatal accident

Source: Wayne Byrd, Darlington County Sheriff
Source: Wayne Byrd, Darlington County Sheriff

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) Authorities have identified the three people killed in the car accident near Hartsville Sunday night.

Lance Corporal Brent Kelly with the South Carolina Highway Patrol tells WMBF News that the fatal collision occurred at 8:10 p.m. Sunday in Darlington County on North Center Road as two cars collided.

A 1997 Toyota with three occupants was driving north on Center Rd when it was struck head on by a Chevy traveling south that had veered left of center, Kelly said.

Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee has identified the driver of the Toyota as 29-year-old Micheal Joseph Sylvester of Murrells Inlet. Sylvester was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and was pronounced dead on scene.

The front passenger of the Toyota was not wearing a seatbelt. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries, Kelly added.

The other left rear passenger in the vehicle, identified as 23-year-old G.C. Reaves, also of Murrells Inlet. Reaves was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner Hardee says Sylvester and his sister Reaves were both former residents of Hartsville.

The driver of the 2008 Chevy, identified as 23-year-old Sherman Christopher Covington, Jr. of Darlington, was not wearing a seatbelt.

Covington was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger in the Chevy, a female from Darlington, was also transported to a local hospital.

The SCHP MAIT Team as well as investigators from the Darlington County Coroner's worked late into the night investigating the collision. The investigation into the crash continues.

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