Coroner, SCHP talk about deadly weekend on Upstate roads

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Even before the start of what the Highway Patrol calls the Deadly 100 Days of Summer, it was a deadly weekend on Upstate roads.
 
Six people were killed and 10 were injured in crashes in the Upstate over the last three days.
 
While Highway Patrol responds to crashes, the coroner responds to fatal crashes as well, and this weekend both agencies stayed busy.
 
When Greenville County’s Senior Deputy Coroner Kent Dill or any of his collegues show up at an accident scene, that means someone won’t be going home and the coroner’s office will make a visit to someone’s family.
 
“As we pull up in front of the house and we walk up to that door and ring the doorbell, up until that point everything is ok,” Dill said. “But once we ring the doorbell, it won’t ever be the same again.”
 
As of Monday morning, 222 people have died on South Carolina roads,  which is roughly on pace with last years numbers. Hundreds more have been badly hurt in crashes.    
 
On Sunday, while on their way to church, a family of four was injured after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver.
 
This accident caught on gas station survellience video. No one was killed, but the entire family was rushed to the hospital.
 
“You might be a great driver, we have a lot of those here in South Carolina,” Trooper Joe Hovis with South Carolina Highway Patrol said. “There’s also people who do not follow those rules and sometimes it results in someone getting hurt or even a fatality.”
   
Troopers said 18-year-old Trinity Harrison died Saturday night when an oncoming car crossed the center line and hit her head-on. That driver is charged with felony D-U-I.
 
Investigators said Trinity’s family is devastated.
 
“One of the things I told the grandmother was how impressed I was with how close their family was, and how it was obvious to me how much each member of their family loves each other and supports each other,” Dill said.
 
 And with the 222 deaths reported on South Carolina roads, some officer or coroner has had to have that talk with a person’s family, and the numbers keep growing.
 
The 100 Deadly Days of Summer starts Memorial Day and ends on the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.
 

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