Sonya T. Burgess (image courtesy Kingstree High School website)
CADES, S.C. (AP) - The Kingstree High School girls' basketball coach has been killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Authorities say 39-year-old Sonya Burgess was killed on U.S. 52 near the Williamsburg County community of Cades early Monday evening.
The Highway Patrol says Burgess was driving an SUV when she swerved to avoid another vehicle approaching in the wrong lane. She overcorrected and her SUV overturned.
Authorities say when Burgess got out of the wrecked SUV, she was hit by another vehicle that left the scene. Three young people in the SUV were treated at a local hospital.
The Kingstree girls' basketball team won a class 2A state quarterfinal game last week and is scheduled to play Lake City on Tuesday. Officials are to decide later Tuesday if that game will be played as scheduled.
According to the Williamsburg County School District's website, Burgess was also Chair of the Kingstree H.S. Science Department, and the girls' varsity volleyball coach.