Smoaks man killed in crash

by | April 25, 2018 9:10 am

Last Updated: May 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm

A 32-year-old Smoaks man was killed the evening of April 24 when his car went off the roadway and struck several trees.

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said that Blake Stephens, 32, of Smoaks, was pronounced dead at the crash site.

Harvey said he listed multiple trauma as Stephens’ cause of death.

According to Lance Corporal Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Stephens was traveling north on Lowcountry Highway, north of Smoaks and south of Sagebrush Road, on April 24 at approximately 7:21 p.m. when his vehicle went off the right side of the roadway.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said the crew of the ambulance based in Smoaks found the older model Ford Mustang in the woods on the side of the highway.

Indications were that Stephens had been driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle left the road.

His car hit a ditch, causing the vehicle to become airborne and then strike several trees.

The impact caused the car to break into several pieces which  ejected Stephens.

He was found lying in the wooden area.

Traffic on Lowcountry Highway was eventually closed due to a large crowd.

S.C. Department of Transportation crews arrived on the scene and used heavy equipment to remove a tree that was knocked down and was threatening the roadway.

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