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Coroner | Boat was not turning in Georgetown teen’s death

The boat pulling a Georgetown teen, who died Saturday, was going under the Dunbar Bridge on the Black River, not turning around at it, Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said in a release.

Allison Brooke Howell, 18, died from injuries she suffered when an inner tube she was riding on with a friend being pulled behind a boat struck a bridge piling, Johnson said. The other girl suffered a fractured leg and is expected to recover for her injury.

At first authorities thought the boat was turning around at the bridge, but the investigation revealed the boat was going under the bridge, Johnson said.

An investigation into the incident and Howell’s death continues by the state Department of Natural Resources, according to authorities.

Howell died at Georgetown Hospital late Saturday afternoon from both head and body injuries, Johnson said. The incident occurred on the Black River in western Georgetown County.

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