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Nathan's employee hit golf cart, ran woman over in fatal NMB wreck, suit states

Sky Bar in North Myrtle Beach, SC. which houses Nathan's and Scoop Ice Cream
Sky Bar in North Myrtle Beach, SC. which houses Nathan's and Scoop Ice Cream Jbell@thesunnews.com

A Nathan's employee sped as she drove, hit mailboxes and then rear-ended a golf cart, killing an occupant, a lawsuit contends.

Now, the victim's family is suing the driver and others over her death.

This week, Kathern Snipes' estate filed a wrongful death case against Diane Lynn Hunter, Five Star Dining Inc., which does business as Scoop Ice Cream, and Nathan's South Carolina Inc., which operates Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs.

Snipes was 65 in July 2017 when she was killed in the wreck on Havens Drive in North Myrtle Beach.

The suit says Hunter drove the Toyota Camry that hit the golf cart. Five Star owned the car and Hunter was on a work trip for Nathan's, her employer.

Hunter sped and tried to pass a car and ran off the left side of the road, according to the filing. While passing, she hit three mailboxes and two trashcans. When Hunter returned to the road, she hit the golf cart. It flipped, went 60 feet down the road and Snipes was ejected.

Hunter then drove over Snipes before coming to a stop.

The suit says the three defendants were negligent and Hunter failed to yield, didn't take evasive action to avoid the collision and failed to "be mentally and physically able to safely operate a motor vehicle." The suit asks for an unspecified amount of damages.

Representatives with Nathan's South Carolina could not be reached in time for this report.

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