Car seat saves daughter in deadly crash
A moment of distracted driving may have killed a young mother from Elgin but her infant daughter survived, Richland County coroner Gary Watts said Sunday.
Brittany Powell, 23, died at the scene a half mile from her home in a head-on collision Friday afternoon with a pickup truck, according to Watts and the S.C. Highway Patrol.
“She didn’t have on a seat belt, but her 5-year-old daughter was in a child restraint seat in the back,” Watts said. “The car seat definitely saved that child.”
The daughter was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Watts said it couldn’t be determined whether Powell removed her seat belt to try to do something with her child or if she had been driving with it off.
The pickup truck driver told officers on the scene that in the seconds before the crash, he saw no one driving the car, Watts said.
The driver of the pickup, a 2000 Ford, told officers that he saw Powell’s oncoming 2007 Hyundi cross over the center land into his lane and he steered his pickup into her lane, but suddenly her car veered back into her lane and the two vehicles collided, a patrol spokesman said.
The pickup driver, Melvin Campbell of Elgin, 58, was unhurt. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time, the patrol said.
The incident is under investigation. The spokesman did not know how fast the two vehicles were going when they collided.
Detective says suspect stole TV, left name behind
Police say a theft suspect left one vital piece of evidence behind – his name.
Sgt. Rick Gutierrez of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged N’Namdi E’va Young, 31, of Marion, with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny. He was released from custody on a written promise to appear in court.
Gutierrez said Young broke into the residence of Whiney Chante Cash between 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 and 12:31 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 while the victim was at work.
He reportedly stole a TV and a video game system with a total value of $897.
The detective said, in the TV’s place, Young accidentally left behind a time punch receipt from McDonald’s, where the suspect works. The receipt, which had Young’s name printed on it, showed what time he had clocked in and out at work on Jan. 22.
Young and Cash are acquainted, according to Gutierrez.