A Richland Country coroner’s jury Wednesday night ruled that a Pontiac woman came to her death by “misfortune and accident” in a mishap which occurred about 6:45 p.m. September 29 at Pontiac.
The woman, Mrs. Cora Sceley, 73, was killed by a car driven by Dozier Lever of Route 1, Columbia as she attempted to cross the highway at Pontiac.
Testimony at the inquest indicated that Mrs. Sceley reached the center line of the highway as two cars approached, one from the north and one from the south.
According to several witnesses, Mrs. Sceley apparently saw the car headed south, then stepped back into the path of the northbound car which was driven by Mr. Lever.
The inquest was conducted in the General Sessions courtroom of the Richland County Courthouses by Richland Coroner Cecil L. Wiles.
Testifying at the inquest were Otto Jacobs of Pontiac; T. H. Motley of Route 2, Blaney; Roy Hornsby of Route 2, Blaney; Henry F. Percival and Charles M. Johnson, both of Columbia; and Highway Patrolman L. B. Steedly, who investigated the accident.