Crime & Public Safety

18-year-old woman killed in Saturday morning wreck on Bluffton Parkway

Mourning 'Chrissy', Bluffton car accident victim

Tabitha Johnson, Christine Barrett's older sister, has been coming to the site of Barrett's informal memorial on Bluffton Parkway "six, seven times a day" since the 18-year-old Bluffton resident lost her life in a car accident in the early morning
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Tabitha Johnson, Christine Barrett's older sister, has been coming to the site of Barrett's informal memorial on Bluffton Parkway "six, seven times a day" since the 18-year-old Bluffton resident lost her life in a car accident in the early morning

An early morning crash Saturday on Bluffton Parkway near the Hampton Lake neighborhood killed an 18-year-old Bluffton woman and shut down the eastbound lanes of the road for several hours.

Two people were inside the vehicle around 2:45 a.m. when it ran off the road and into the nearby woods.

The passenger, Bluffton resident Christine Barrett, was pronounced dead on the scene, Deputy Beaufort County Coroner Debbie Youmans said.

The driver, who has not been identified, was transported to the hospital.

“I don’t know how injured (the driver) was or what their condition is,” Bluffton Police Department spokeswoman Joy Nelson said Saturday afternoon.

The department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating the crash.

At least one GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family, by an apparent acquaintance, with the stated purpose of defraying funeral expenses.

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