Traffic Fatalities

Laurens Police charged a man with two counts of Felony DUI after his car’s alleged collision with a motorcycle on Church Street Saturday night. A man and woman from Waterloo, who were on the motorcycle, died following the crash.

Otherwise across the state over the weekend, SC Public Safety yesterday reported a total of four fatalities on state highways. That brings South Carolina Public Safety’s count of traffic fatalities for the year to 670 people as of midnight September 15th, less than the 728 highway deaths the same date in 2018.

Of the 670 people who have died in 2019, 436 had access to seatbelts, and 214 were not wearing seat belts. Through September 15, 108 pedestrians have died compared to 113 in 2018; 82 motorcyclists have died compared to 80 in 2018; and 22 bicyclists have died compared to 14 in 2018 on state roads and highways.

Public Safety shows 13 traffic fatalities for Laurens County for 2019, as of midnight September 15th. That’s down from 24 this date last year and 25 the same date in 2017.

The highest traffic fatality county of neighboring counties is Greenville’s 51, 3rd highest in the state.

Spartanburg is well below last year’s 53 fatalities with 38 this year. Anderson has 26. Neighboring counties with fewer fatalities that Laurens are Newberry with 6, Union with 5, Greenwood with 4 and Abbeville with just one traffic death for the year. Abbeville joins Saluda, McCormick and Lee Counties with the lowest number of highway deaths as of September 15th.

Highest traffic fatalities are Horry with 59, followed by 56 roadway deaths in Charleston County.