A pair of car crashes claimed the lives of two people in Berkeley County Thursday.
Around 11:15 p,m., 73-year-old Dean Craven of Goose Creek was driving on Montague Plantation Boulevard when he struck a tree in the median, Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver said. Craven was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, he said.
Craven’s death has been ruled accidental, with the cause of death being head and chest trauma, Oliver said. He was not wearing the seat belt, he said.
The accident was investigated by the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office and Goose Creek police.
Also Thursday, 92-year-old Ernerstine Gammon of Moncks Corner died at Medical University Hospital as a result of injuries she received in a crash on Tuesday, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.
Gammon was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a collision on U.S. Highway 17-A, he said.
Additional details on that accident, which was investigated by the state Highway Patrol, were not immediately available this morning.