Staff report

This year’s South Carolina Public Safety Department’s blood drive is being held in honor of a 29-year-old North Charleston woman who died in a wreck in Dorchester County about two years ago.

Tamara Steward, of Shagbark Trail, was killed on Sept. 30, 2011, on Ashley Phosphate Road at around 7:57 a.m. Witnesses told police that a tractor-trailer was northbound on Ashley Phosphate when a car leaving the Festival Center pulled into its path and was struck by the 18-wheeler, police said.

The car landed in a ditch at the Festival Center, according to authorities. Steward died at the scene.

The blood drive, which is put on by the S.C. Highway Patrol, Families of Highway Fatalities and the American Red Cross, will take place on Thursday between 1 and 6 p.m. at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, located at 360 Fishburne St. in Charleston.

The annual blood drive is in memory of the 1,000 people killed each year on South Carolina highways, S.C. Highway Patrol officials said.

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