Kingstree girls’ basketball coach killed in car wreck, playoff game still on tonight in Lake City

MICHAELE DUKE/THE NEWS Kingstree High School girls basketball head coach Sonya Burgess died in a vehicle accident in Williamsburg County Monday night. This photo of Burgess was taken in January while she coached her team against C.E. Murray.

Kingstree Senior High School girls’ basketball coach Sonya Burgess was killed in an apparent hit-and-run wreck Monday night.

S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal wreck.

Burgess, 39, was traveling south on U.S. 52 about 6:30 p.m. when she swerved to avoid a head-on collision with an unidentified vehicle, Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said. Burgess then over-corrected, which caused the 1999 Ford Expedition she was driving to flip, she said.

Burgess stepped out of the vehicle and into the road, where she was struck by a second unidentified vehicle, Wyant said. That vehicle left the scene, she said.

Three minors were traveling with Burgess when the wreck occurred. Wyant said paramedics transported them to Williamsburg Regional Hospital for treatment.

Burgess was pronounced dead at the scene, Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison McKnight said. The three minors who were with her were treated and released, he said.

A number of people were expressing condolences on Twitter and Facebook Monday night.

Kingstree Senior High School’s website lists Burgess as a varsity basketball and volleyball coach.

The Lady Jaguars beat Lake City tonight 57-44, and will advance to the Lower State Championship game in March, according to local newspapers.

The game was held in spite of the incident.

“We contacted Kingstree and they decided they wanted to go on and play tonight,” Lake City High School Athletic Director Jim Rowell said.

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