Two women from Hopkins SC die in separate collisions Saturday

cleblanc@thestate.comApril 28, 2013 

— Two women from Richland County’s Hopkins community died in separate collisions Saturday, authorities said.

Shakimah L. Martin, 20, and Laurie L. Steiner, 41, died after they were thrown from vehicles, Coroner Gary Watts said. Neither had been wearing a seat belt, he said.

Martin was a back seat passenger during a collision about 9:25 a.m. Saturday at Leesburg Road and Mt. Elon Church Road when a 2002 Honda pulled onto Leesburg and into the path of a 2013 Mazda SUV, the Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, Jasmine Palmer, 21, and a second passenger, Catrina Palmer, 39, were taken by relatives to Palmetto Richland hospital, trooper Bridget Wyant said. Both had been wearing seat belts, the trooper said.

Martin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to the same hospital, but died at 2:25 p.m. of head injuries, Watts said.

Jasmine Palmer was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way, Wyant said, adding the case remained under investigation.

The patrol released no information about injuries to the SUV driver, identified as Theodore Linder, 65 of Hopkins. Wyant said only that Linder, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Palmetto Baptist hospital.

About 12 hours after the first fatal wreck, the patrol answered a one-vehicle call for a second collision along Harmon Road in Lower Richland.

That wreck happened at 8:45 p.m. when the vehicle Steiner was driving left the road and struck a tree, the coroner said. She was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, he said.

Steiner, also of Hopkins, was pronounced dead as she arrived at Palmetto Richland, Watts said.

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