3 injured in Hilton Head wreck

rlurye@islandpacket.comApril 3, 2014 

Three people were injured Thursday afternoon when an SUV overturned on William Hilton Parkway, according to the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division.

A 2001 Ford Expedition was traveling east at about 2:15 p.m. when it crossed the paved median near Singleton Beach Road, entered westbound lanes and struck the curb, S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly said. The driver then overcorrected, crossed the median into the eastbound lanes, and the SUV began to roll, coming to rest on its side on the eastbound shoulder, Wimberly said.

Two female passengers told officers the driver fell asleep or lost consciousness, and the incident remains under investigation, Wimberly said.

The driver, 18-year-old Willie Byrd, was wearing a seat belt but his passengers were not, she said. The front-seat passenger was ejected from the car, and the back-seat passenger was partially ejected, Wimberly said.

Both of the women, whose names and ages were unknown Thursday afternoon, were airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Byrd was transported by ambulance to Hilton Head Hospital.

Their conditions were unavailable.

Following the accident, eastbound traffic on the parkway was restricted to one lane. The wreck was cleared at about 4:30 p.m., according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

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