EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Amanda Carey and Taylor Watkins as cousins based on information provided by authorities.
A woman is dead and her friend is charged with DUI after a Jeep flipped over on U.S. 17A near S.C. Highway 61 late Saturday.
Amanda Carey, 21, of Summerville died after she was ejected from the Jeep, Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said.
The wreck happened about 11:40 p.m. when the 2000 Jeep was attempting to pass a 1998 Mercury while both vehicles were heading north on U.S. 17A, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said.
The vehicles made contact and the Jeep ran off the road and overturned, ejecting the passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt, Collins said.
No one else was injured in the crash.
Troopers charged the driver of the Jeep, 21-year-old Taylor Watkins, with driving under the influence, Collins said.
Collins said the patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is still investigating which driver was at fault in the crash.
Nisbet said Carey and Watkins were good friends. “It’s very sad,” he said.
Nisbet said the case hit close to home for him because in 1986, as a senior in high school, he was a passenger in a Jeep that wrecked and rolled over on U.S. 17A.
The driver, Nisbet’s friend, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected. It’s a big reason he urges everyone to wear their seat belts.
“They do indeed save lives,” he said.