2 Beaufort women identified as drivers killed in SC 170 crash. 3rd driver hospitalized

The two drivers who were killed in a crash late Monday on S.C. 170 have been identified as Beaufort women, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.

Three vehicles were involved in the wreck around 9:15 p.m., according to Cpl. Sonny Collins, spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Taylor Monson, 24, was driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and Ife Simmons, 44, was driving 2014 Chevrolet Impala, Ott said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third driver, in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was transported by helicopter to a local hospital, according to Collins.

Witnesses in the area reported the fatal accident was in area of S.C. 170 near the Oldfield Mews Apartments.

Collins said the accident was under investigation by the Highway Patrol’s accident reconstruction team.

“We don’t have any information as far as direction of travel at this time, but (what) we do know is these vehicles collided in a head-on manner on S.C. 170,” Collins said.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

Lisa Wilson is a 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.