COLUMBIA, SC — Four of the seven people killed in Easter weekend traffic fatalities were not wearing seat belts, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported.
Two others killed were wearing seat belts, and the seventh person who died was a pedestrian.
While seven deaths are considered a lot for a weekend in South Carolina, the number of highway deaths in 2013 is down when compared to the first three months of 2012. Thus far, 151 people have died on S.C. roads, compared to 192 during the same period last year, the Highway Patrol reported.
In Richland County, 17 people have been killed in wrecks or while walking on the road side. Last year, 16 people were killed during the first three months.
The number of people killed in Kershaw County is also up in 2013. Five people have been killed there, up from three at this point last year.
Finally, Lexington County, which saw a spike in highway deaths in 2012, has lowered its number of fatalities for the first three months of the year. So far, seven have been killed, compared to 16 last year.
The S.C. Highway Patrol releases a weekend fatality report every Monday morning.
Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.