Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - A sixth person has died in a storm-related death in South Carolina, this time in Lexington County.
State troopers say the latest confirmed fatality from Florence was over in Lexington County around 6 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say a pickup truck traveling east on Pond Brand Road near Gilbert drove into standing water in the roadway.
The vehicle lost control, traveling off the side of the road, striking a tree. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Rhonda Rebecca Hartley, died at the scene.
That's the second Midlands fatality. Earlier in the day, troopers say a man was killed on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County.
Officials say Kershaw County 911 received a call around 7:27 a.m. reporting the accident. When authorities arrived at the scene, they say they found a single pickup truck had hit a bridge piling near mile marker 106. The driver, identified as 42-year-old Jeffery B. Youngren, of Elgin, died at the scene.
"The weather played a big part in his death," said Kershaw County coroner David West. Youngren was not wearing a seat belt, according to West.
Overall, 16 people have died in North and South Carolina as a result of the storm.
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