Ohio man rammed other driver in Hilton Head bridge wreck, patrol says

tbarton@islandpacket.comFebruary 23, 2012 

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A man airlifted Wednesday to Savannah caused the wreck that sent him and another driver to the hospital after he rammed the other car into a guardrail, authorities say.

The wreck occurred at about 10:45 a.m. between the U.S. 278 bridges connecting Hilton Head Island and the mainland.

Benjamin Kdchenderfer 32 of Columbus, Ohio, was driving his 1998 Honda westward and tapped the bumper of a Ford Mustang, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Kdchenderfer backed off and then rammed the Mustang into a left guardrail near the J. Wilton Graves Bridge over Skull Creek. The Mustang bounced off the guardrail, crossed the road and hit the right-side guardrail, patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said. Authorities said they do not know why Kdchenderfer rammed his car into the Mustang. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

Kdchenderfer's 1998 Honda overturned, landing upside-down on the left guardrail, Beres said.

Kdchenderfer was flown to a Savannah hospital by LifeStarAir Ambulance Service. Beres said he did not know which hospital he was flown to, the extent of his injuries or his condition. He has been fined and ticketed for reckless driving and not having a driver's license, Beres said.

Sandie Dolan, 40, of Bluffton was driving the Mustang and was taken by ambulance to Hilton Head Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to the hospital.

The Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS responded to the crash. Beaufort County sheriff's deputies helped direct traffic.

Both Kdchenderfer and Dolan were wearing seat belts, Beres said.

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