Condition of injured passenger in fatal Okatie car accident unknown

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Condition of injured passenger in fatal Okatie car accident unknown

By ALLISON STICE
astice@islandpacket.com
Published Monday, January 7, 2013   |  420 Words  |  

Law-enforcement and hospital authorities are refusing to release information about the condition of a minor injured in a head-on crash that killed two people early Sunday on S.C. 170 in Okatie.

The boy was a passenger in a pickup truck that was hit by a car driving into oncoming traffic just after 12:20 a.m., killing both drivers. He was flown by LifeStar helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment.

The wreck, at the intersection of S.C. 170 and Tide Watch Drive, killed the driver of the pickup truck, 46-year-old Lucia Estrada of Ridgeland.

Results of an autopsy performed at the Medical University of South Carolina indicate Estrada died of neck injuries, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.

The minor's relationship to Estrada will not be released, said Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant of the S.C. Highway Patrol. Memorial spokesman Michael Notrica said the hospital does not provide updates on patients under the age of 18.

The car's driver, Darryal Lamont Grant of Bluffton, also was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said Grant was driving west in the eastbound lanes.

Ott said the autopsy showed Grant died of head injuries. Toxicology tests, which Ott said are standard after any fatal crash, will take four to six weeks.

Funeral arrangements for both are pending.

Grant, 40, was a popular bartender at Gruby's New York Deli in the Okatie Village. Employees there declined to comment Monday.

The deaths of Estrada and Grant bring to three the number of fatalities on Beaufort County's roads this year -- more than any other county in the state, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. The first fatal crash of the year occurred Jan. 4, when L. Gavin Mull, 36, was thrown from his pickup truck on Wild Horse Road.

Wyant said Estrada, the driver of the pickup, was wearing a seat belt. Grant, the driver of the car, was not, she said.

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