A 4-year-old girl killed in a Tuesday crash in Newberry County was not properly restrained, according to authorities.
The fatal crash happened just after 7 a.m. on U.S. 76 in Little Mountain, according to Trooper Joe Hovis. Shakeera Kessler, 17, was driving a 2002 Ford pickup east on U.S. 76 when the pickup exited the left side of the roadway and hit a sign.
Kessler overcorrected, causing the pickup to go off the right side of the roadway, where it struck a tree and overturned, troopers said.
Titiyanna Kessler, 4, was transported to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece. An autopsy is pending.
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The 4-year-old was not properly restrained in a child safety seat, Kneece said.
Kessler and a 50-year-old passenger were both injured and taken to a hospital, troopers said. Both were wearing seat belts. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.
Hovis said charges are pending.