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Driver who died after vehicle hit tree in rural Jasper County identified

Crashing into trees on this stretch of I-95 can be deadly — 10 have died in 4 years

At least 10 people have died after crashing into trees on a stretch of I-95 in South Carolina since January 2014. The S.C. Department of Transportation is nearing the end of a project to remove 99 acres of trees near the interstate.
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At least 10 people have died after crashing into trees on a stretch of I-95 in South Carolina since January 2014. The S.C. Department of Transportation is nearing the end of a project to remove 99 acres of trees near the interstate.

A driver died Sunday evening after a crash in rural Jasper County, according to a report from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver was identified by Jasper County deputy coroner Todd Harvey as 61-year-old Willie Reetha Goldwire-Wilson of the Garnett area.

Lance Cpl. Matt Southern, spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said she was in a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe headed north on S.C. 119 near Stokes Bluff Road around 6:50 p.m. when her vehicle ran off the left side of the road.

The Tahoe struck a tree, and Goldwire-Wilson, who was alone in the vehicle, sustained fatal injuries, Southern said. He said she had been wearing a seat belt.

Harvey said Goldwire-Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved.

Lisa Wilson is a breaking news reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. The 25-year newsroom veteran has worked for papers in Louisiana and Mississippi and is happy to call the Lowcountry home.


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