Fatalities Up Locally, Down Statewide

   Six people were killed over the weekend across South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety yesterday announced the total from fatalities from 6pm Friday through midnight Sunday night.

    As Sunday night, 727 people have died on South Carolina highways so far this year, down from 745 highway deaths in this same time period in 2011. The death toll includes 97 pedestrians, 101 motorcyclists and 12 bicyclists who have died so far this year on state roads and highways. Of the 480 motor vehicle occupants who have died to date, 279 were not wearing seat belts. 

  Laurens County added another highway fatality several hours ahead of the weekend count beginning.  68-year-old Martha Wicker,501 Whitmire Highway, Joanna was dead at the scene on Interstate 26 after the 2004 Ford SUV she was driving apparently ran into the back of a tractor-trailer rig near the 46 mile marker at 4:45 Friday morning.

  LaurensCounty’s highway death toll remains up from last year, as of midnight Sunday.LaurensCountyhas had 19 fatalities for 2012, up from 14 for the same time in 2011.

  Newberry County’s rate is also up significantly this year, 12 highway deaths thorough this past weekend, up from 8 at this time in 2011. Also up this year are the fatalities inSpartanburgCounty, up from 38 to 42;GreenvilleCounty, up from 51 to 55, and Saluda County is up from 4 to 5.

  AndersonCountyis now even with last year, with 41 fatalities. Three neighboring counties have improved statistics for 2012.

  AbbevilleCountyis down from last year, from 4 in 2011 to 3 so far this year.GreenwoodCountyis down from 10 to 9, Union is down from 2 in 2011 to just 1 fatality for 2012.