13-year-old girl seriously injured in one-car crash on New Riverside Drive

achristnovich@beaufortgazette.comOctober 13, 2012 

A 13-year-old girl was flown to Savannah's Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries late Friday following a single-car crash on New Riverside Drive in Bluffton. Her condition was unavailable late Saturday night.

The Bluffton Police Department released few details about the accident but said a four door sedan, driven by a teenage male, veered off the right side of the road at about 8:30 p.m., and spun180 degrees before hitting a tree, according to Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner.

The left rear side of the car, where the 13-year-old was sitting, sustained most of the damage, McCall-Tanner said Saturday.

The girl's injuries appeared to be serious, McCall-Tanner said. She declined to release the girl's name and said she had not received an update on the girl's condition as of 7 p.m. Saturday.

The driver and a female in the front passenger seat, also in her teens, suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at nearby hospitals, McCall-Tanner said. The ages of the driver and passenger could not be verified by Bluffton Police as of late Saturday night, she said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but McCall-Tanner said it does not appear alcohol was involved.

"Nothing has been ruled out, but that's not our suspicion right now," she said.

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