Crash kills 5 people on I-385
Authorities have identified the victims of a head-on crash early Sunday on I-385 in Laurens County. One of the vehicles was going the wrong way on the interstate, a report said.
Killed in the two-vehicle collision were:
Desmond Tareeq Ervin, age 28, of Laurens,
Brandon Lamar Westfield, age 30, of Laurens,
Carlos Jamarl Braddy, age 38, of Greensboro, NC
Abdul Jafar Aaron, age 28, of Woodruff, and
Ahmad Rashad Williams, age 33, of Laurens.
The Laurens County Coroner’s Office said all families have been notified. The Nov. 15 wreck happened about 2:12 a.m. on I-385, mile marker 13.
A Highway Patrol report said a 2020 Hyundai with three people was traveling north on the interstate and a 2014 Kia with two people was traveling north but in the southbound lane. All five people had to be mechanically extracted from the wrecked vehicles. One person from the Hyundai died at a hospital; the others died at the scene.
Person dies as vehicle is disabled
Authorities investigated a two-vehicle accident Thursday night that left one person dead at the scene near Gray Court.
The deceased person was identified as Johnnie Calvin Evans, 43, of Greenville, who died of blunt force trauma. The wreck happened about 10:15 p.m. on Hwy 14, as a 2006 Chevrolet SUV was involved in an earlier collision and was disabled in the roadway. A second vehicle, a 2009 Dodge traveling east, struck the disabled vehicle as the driver was exiting the vehicle. The SUV driver was transported to an Upstate hospital.
The SC Highway Patrol and the Laurens County Coroner’s Office conducted an investigation.