Eight people died on South Carolina roads during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported on Monday. Five of those deaths were reported Friday through Sunday. None of the deaths occurred in Aiken County, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.
“There was heavy travel on our roadways,” Jones said, adding that, while the number of people killed during the Thanksgiving travel period is down from last year, it’s “more than we want to have.”
The holiday weekend period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday, according to a statement.
During last year’s Thanksgiving travel weekend, 11 people died on South Carolina roads, according to the statement.
Preliminary numbers in 2010 showed two people killed on state roads during the Thanksgiving travel period, the lowest number since 1963, according to previous reports.
Authorities on Monday were still looking for a car and driver who struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday night in Lexington County. Troopers said a 48-year-old man was attempting to cross Augusta Highway at Oak Drive when a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lane struck him. The vehicle did not stop.
Authorities are looking for a light-colored Cadillac, possibly early to mid-’90s model, with front end damage and slim tail lights. The vehicle was last seen heading toward West Columbia.
The Highway Patrol was expecting a greater number of travelers on the road this year due to the lower gas prices.
As of Nov. 25, 744 people have died on South Carolina highways compared to 766 highway deaths at the same time period in 2011.