Mount Pleasant woman killed in wreck on deadly stretch of Interstate

A 21-year-old Mount Pleasant woman died Sunday night following a single-car wreck that happened on a deadly stretch of Interstate 26.

The wreck happened about 11:25 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 at the 190 mile marker, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.

A 2004 Nissan ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree during heavy rain, authorities said.

Angela Moultrie, the front-seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury. The driver and a passenger in the backseat were both taken to a local hospital.

Moultrie was wearing a seatbelt, Salisbury said.

It appears to be the first fatal wreck in the deadly stretch of Interstate between Jedburg and Interstate 95 since troopers began a crackdown in mid-August.

The crackdown came in the wake of a Post and Courier Watchdog analysis earlier this year that identified "death zones" around Ridgeville and Harleyville that had fatality rates three times higher than other stretches of I-26.

The Highway Patrol released data showing that 25 people died between 2007 and the end of 2009 between mile markers 194 in Jedburg and 172 near Harleyville. All 25 involved wrecks in which a single car ran off the road, often because a driver was speeding, over-corrected, wasn't paying attention or fell asleep.

Troopers wrote 390 tickets and 410 warnings during the first two weeks of the crackdown. They also worked 21 collisions during that time.