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Teen wanders away, dies

A teenager who wandered from his Plantersville home was killed early Wednesday morning in a wreck in northern Georgetown County.

Jermaine Wright, 16, of Ford Village Road, was killed when he was hit by a car on U.S. 701, Coroner Kenny Johnson said. Wright, a special needs child, lived a few miles from the crash site and had left his home about 4 a.m., Johnson said.

"The family found the open door and discovered the house was empty,'' he said. "They searched around the home and neighborhood. When they couldn't find him, they called 911. By the time that call came out, he had already been struck.''

The wreck occurred at 4:26 a.m. on U.S. 701, about 14 miles north of Georgetown, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A Volvo driven by a Plantersville woman was traveling north on the highway when it hit Wright, Collins said. Wright may have been lying in the roadway the time of the crash, Johnson said.

Although the crash remains under investigation, the driver was not determined to be at fault in the crash and will not be charged, Collins said.

It is the second fatal crash in Georgetown County in the last three days. Alice Poston, 64, was killed Monday in a crash on S.C. 51.

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