Gaffney man killed on I-26 Tuesday wasn’t wearing seat belt

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 30, 2013 

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— A driver not wearing a seat belt was killed early Tuesday after being thrown from his 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, while seven passengers who were wearing seat belts survived the crash, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported.

The victim was identified as Demariel C. Smith, 29, of W. Robinson Street, Gaffney, Richland County coroner Gary Watts said Tuesday.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 2:12 a.m. about mile marker 98 when Smith, heading west, started to go into the median.

The driver overcorrected, causing his SUV to overturn. He was ejected him from the vehicle and killed, said Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins.

The passengers in the SUV were three adults and four children. They were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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