Highway Patrol continues investigation of fatal St. Helena Island crash

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comMay 12, 2012 

The cause of a crash on St. Helena Island last month that killed two Beaufort High School students and critically injured another has yet to be to determined, authorities say.

The S.C. Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is continuing its probe of the one-car crash April 21 on Seaside Road that killed Chelsie Nicole Teddy Pitruzzella , 18, and Kayleeana Hudson-Banks, 15, said Cpl. Bob Beres.

Beres declined to say whether investigators had reached any preliminary findings.

"All I can tell you is that the entire collision is still under investigation," he said.

Beres said the agency will release a report on the crash after the investigation is complete, though he did not know when that would be.

Pitruzzella, a senior at Beaufort High, and Hudson-Banks, a sophomore at the school, were killed when the 2009 Mitsubishi sedan Pitruzzella was driving veered off the left side of Seaside Road, overturned and struck a tree, according to the Highway Patrol.

A third passenger, Megan Trimmer, 16, also was injured in the crash. She was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, authorities said.

An update on her condition was unavailable Friday.

All three girls were wearing seat belts, according to the patrol.

Follow reporter Patrick Donohue at twitter.com/ProtectServeBft.

Related content:

Beaufort High teens who died in crash remembered at memorial, April 23, 2012

Wreck kills two Beaufort High School girls, injures a third, April 22, 2012

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service