Clemson senior killed in Calhoun County truck crash

jmonk@thestate.comSeptember 15, 2013 

— A 21-year-old Clemson University senior was killed in a pickup truck crash over the weekend, Calhoun County coroner Donnie Porth said Sunday.

Although Sara Ann Comer was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland hospitals before dawn on Saturday, she died at the hospital, Porth said.

Comer, who was from the small York County town of Hickory Grover, was a passenger in a pickup truck along with another passenger and the driver, Porth said.

All three were ejected from the 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck after it swerved off the road about 3 a.m. Saturday on a winding narrow country lane, Porth said.

None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

Porth said while he can’t say for certain that Comer would have survived had she been buckled up, he said, “The chances of survival increase exponentially if you are wearing a seat belt.”

The pickup truck’s other occupants were taken to hospitals. Their condition is unknown.

According to S.C. Highway Patrol trooper Sgt. Bob Beres, the pickup truck was traveling south on S.C. 287 – locally known as Mayberry Creek Road – when it started to go off one side of the road.

“The driver overcorrected, and the vehicle went back to the left side of the roadway and back to the right, struck several trees and overturned,” Beres said.

The wreck happened about six miles east of the county seat of St. Matthews.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate,” Beres said.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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