News from around The Carolinas

October 7, 2012 

South Carolina

Kershaw County

Infant survives deadly car crash

Two people are dead but a child car seat saved the life of a 2-year-old girl in a deadly car crash in Kershaw County over the weekend.

“That car seat did its job — it saved that little girl’s life,” said Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

But the child’s mother, Sinthya Talbert, 23, of Kershaw County, died in the incident’s aftermath, Fellers said.

The S.C. Highway Patrol reconstructed the incident this way: A Mercury Sable driven by Brent Ashley Nichols, 36, of Cassatt, was traveling north at a high rate of speed when it crossed a center line on U.S. 1 about 3 p.m. Saturday and sideswiped a Dodge pickup truck going south.

Nichols’ car went on to strike head-on the Camry driven by Talbert, a patrol spokesman said. Talbert’s car also was headed south.

Nichols was killed in the crash.

The Dodge pickup truck driver, William Keich, 42, of Kershaw County, was taken to Palmetto Health Richland. The extent of his injuries is not known.

Fellers said an autopsy would be performed on Nichols to see what may have caused him to lose control of his car.

Johnsonville

Body of pedestrian hit by car found

The body of a pedestrian injured when struck by a car in an incident on Vox Highway Saturday night was found by searchers Sunday morning.

Florence County Coroner’s Office Investigator Keith von Lutken about noon Sunday said he had identified the victim, and that the body would be sent to Medical University of South Carolina Monday morning for an autopsy.

The crash was reported on the S.C. Highway Patrol’s dispatch Website at 8:43 p.m. at 730 Vox Highway.

The driver called 911 to report the crash and searchers spent several hours looking unsuccessfully for the victim — including using infrared scanners, Von Lutken said.

The victim’s body was found about 10 a.m. Sunday.

North Carolina

Wentworth

Released man missing again

A mentally ill man is missing after he wandered away from his assisted living home, was found by police and arrested for an outstanding littering charge, then released from jail and has not been seen since.

Carl Gary Quick, 55, was living in Concord in an assisted living home where he walked away on July 13, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Quick was located by Concord police on Aug. 27 and arrested on a 2003 warrant for littering from Reidsville police. Quick was transported from Concord, to the Rockingham County Jail on Aug. 28. He was released from jail nearly a month later, on Sept. 26, according to the sheriff’s office.

A Davidson County Adult Protective Services (APS) social worker reported Quick missing on Oct. 4. Davidson County has guardianship over Quick because he has no family.

The sheriff’s office said it didn’t receive information about Quick living in an assisted living home and having APS guardianship from any agency he was involved with in Concord.

“It was unknown at the time of his release from jail that APS in Davidson County should have been called,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Quick has not been seen since the time of his release.

Greensboro

Guard still planning transport of bodies

The N.C. National Guard hasn’t finalized plans for returning to the state the three members killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last week, which include a Greensboro man.

Capt. Rick Scoggins, a spokesman for the N.C. National Guard, gave no timeline on when their bodies would arrive.

Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Greensboro, is being remembered as a “go-getter, a leader, someone who always put others before himself,” said his father, Jerry Hardison, in a statement from the family on Saturday.

Hardison, Sgt. Tomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Leland, and Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford – all of the 514th Military Police Company in Winterville – died while on patrol Oct. 1. Their bodies are in Dover, Del.

“We’re in the process of their bodies being prepared for transport,” Scoggins said.

Scoggins said he doesn’t know where Hardison will be buried, saying a lot will be decided based on when he will return. Hardison, Butler and Johnson will not leave Delaware at the same time, Scoggins said.

Hardison’s wife, Brittni Hardison, her father and Hardison’s parents flew to Delaware last week when they learned of his death.

It was Hardison’s second deployment. He joined the National Guard in May 2006 and was deployed to Iraq from 2008 to 2009.

He worked as a truck driver for Puryear Transport of Greensboro, according to a statement from his family.

Hardison is described as family-oriented and loving by those who knew him best.

He is survived by his wife and his stepdaughter, Alyssa. Brittni Hardison said her late husband doted on Alyssa and always made time for his family. That included teaching Alyssa to ride a bike and taking care of the house when Brittni Hardison was at work.

“He was everything,” Brittni Hardison said in the family’s statement. “He was dependable and a man who never knew a stranger.”

From wire reports

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