Weekend traffic accidents claim at least 11 lives in S. C.

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Weekend traffic accidents claimed at least 11 lives across South Carolina, including a Greenville teenager who fell from a pickup truck and a motorcyclist killed yesterday in Lancaster County.

The motorcyclist, Larry Hunter, 31, of Kershaw County, died at 12:15 a.m. when his bike left a secondary road just north of Kershaw. State troopers said he was not wearing a helmet.

Troopers identified the Greenville youth as Kenneth Marshall, 16. Marshall was killed at 4 p.m. Saturday when he fell from the bed of the pickup on White Oak Drive just east of S. C. 291 in Greenville County.

The Highway Patrol said two pedestrians were killed Saturday. Ralph Leroy Grace, 28, of Loris was hit by a car and died at 10 p.m. on a secondary road 1. 8 miles south of is hometown in Horry County. And a man identified by family members as Calvin Edmond Steverson, 26, died at 9:45 p.m when a car hit him as he walked along S. C. 6 in Lexington County.

Another motorcyclist, Frank Curtis Harris, 31, of Inman, died Saturday at 10:40 a.m. when a car collided with his bike on U. S. 76, 5 miles north of Spartanburg, troopers said. Harris was wearing a helmet.

The Highway Patrol said a Cerrogordor, N. C., woman Ruth McBride Sexton, 52, was a passenger in a car that collided with another vehicle at an intersection on U. S. 501, 2.7 miles east of Conway in Horry County. She died at 6:16 p.m., about 45 minutes after the accident.

State trooper said Eddie Mullinax, 20 of Boiling Springs, N. C., Died when his car ran off a secondary road, hit a tree and caught fire eight miles north of Gaffney about 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

The victim’s wife was following him in another car. Authorities said they were not sure if Mullinax died on impact or in the fire.

Sonya Kay Geddings, 21, of Columbia died about 12:10 a.m. Saturday in a two-car collision on U. S. 76 East, 5.2 miles east of her hometown, troopers said.

State troopers said Stanley J Polaski Jr., 44 of Lexington died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving left S. C. 6 and hit a pole 2.2 miles west of Swansea in Lexington County.

Authorities said Hubert Charley, 74, of North was about 30 feet from his car, which apparently stalled on a railroad track, when a Seaboard Systems freight train smashed into it. The car was knocked into Charley, hurling him another 25 feet and killing him. The accident occured at 7:40 p.m. Friday, just outside the town limits.

State troopers said Jerry Lee, 26, of Effingham died late Friday night when his car left a secondary road and overturned 16 miles south of Florence.

October 22, 1984  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  Columbia, South Carolina
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