A 19-year-old high school student died late on Wednesday from injuries suffered in a three-car crash in Jackson last week, according to the Aiken County Coroner’s Office.
Tyler Cunningham, of Jackson, died from multiple body trauma, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
The three-car crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. on May 19, near the intersection of Highway 28 and Silver Bluff Road, Carlton said. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported that Cunningham was traveling down Old Jackson Highway in his 1994 Ford pickup. A 2000 Ford truck was sitting at a stop sign on Silver Bluff Road facing west, and a 2004 Ford pickup was at a stop sign on Silver Bluff Road facing east.
The 2004 Ford proceeded to pull onto Old Jackson Highway when it struck Cunningham’s vehicle, causing it to overturn and strike the other truck at the stop sign, troopers said.
Carlton said that Cunningham was not at fault.
Cunningham, who had just picked his 13-year-old sister up from Jackson Middle School, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle after it overturned, Carlton said. He was transported along with his sister to Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta.
The Highway Patrol said everyone except Cunningham was wearing a seat belt. Carlton said no one else involved in the crash received life-threatening injuries.
The crash is still being investigated. A message left with the Highway Patrol seeking comment about charges was not returned by press time on Thursday.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard.
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