A North Carolina woman who was driving a pickup truck in a collision Tuesday on Folly Road was wearing her seat belt, according to the man who unbuckled her and pulled her to safety.
"I didn't witness the accident itself, but I came upon the scene within 10 or 15 seconds after it happened," said Phil King, 61, of Folly Beach.
King called The Post and Courier after reading that the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said none of the five people involved in the fatal wreck were wearing seat belts.
"The lady in the red truck was indeed wearing a seat belt," sheriff's Maj. John Clark said Friday after having been asked to double-check with deputies investigating the wreck.
The collision happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday on Folly Road about a mile east of Fort Johnson Road. A Ford Explorer occupied by four teenagers crossed the center line and collided with a Ford F-250 pickup that was pulling an empty horse trailer.
The Explorer flipped onto its side, ejecting the driver and a passenger. The driver, 19-year-old Meghan Corbett of Charleston, was killed instantly. The ejected passenger was seriously injured. Two other passengers in the Explorer also were injured.
The Ford F-250 pickup, which was being driven by 57-year-old Caroline Carl of Raleigh, crashed into a house on Folly Road.
Carl was released from Medical University Hospital on Thursday.
Kristen Marie Hunt, 18, of Charleston, one of the passengers in the Explorer, was discharged Wednesday.
Glenn Dale Chrise III, 18, of Charleston, a passenger in the Explorer, was still hospitalized and listed in fair condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Another passenger, Brittney West, 18, of Ladson remained in critical condition.
King said he called the newspaper not to seek attention for himself but to set the record straight.
He said he was worried people might think less of the woman driving the pickup, or that there might be insurance repercussions for her.
"I saw that a fire had started underneath the front end of the pickup, and I decided to run and see what was going on with that. When I got over there, I had some difficulty getting the door open, but I got it open and she was practically unconscious."
Meanwhile, the fire under the pickup was continuing to grow, he said.
"I needed to get her out of the vehicle," King said. " I reached over, and she was strapped into a seat belt. I unhooked it and I got her under my arms and scooped her out."
King said he carried the woman away from the truck and put her on the ground.
Meanwhile, another passer-by had grabbed a garden hose from the house that had been hit and used that hose to extinguish the fire under the pickup, he said.
Deputies still are investigating the accident, and no determination has been made as to exactly what happened or who was at fault, Clark said.
Carl had two dogs traveling with her in the F-250. One of them ran away and was found Thursday by volunteers. The other was severely injured and had to be euthanized.