North Carolina girl killed in crash
by The Press and Standard | May 9, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 9, 2019 at 8:00 am
In the midst of a May 4 afternoon thunderstorm, a vehicle went off I-95’s southbound lanes and struck several trees in the median, claiming the life of a 13-year-old North Carolina girl.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said Nyvena Childress, 13, of Highpoint, N.C., was pronounced dead in the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center on May 4 at 4:32 p.m. He listed a head injury as the cause of death.
Initial emergency calls sent the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Colleton County Fire-Rescue and Hampton County EMS to the accident site near the Colleton-Hampton county line.
Callers reported a silver car crashing into a tree in the median, but did not offer any information on the number of injuries or their severity.
According to Lance Corporal Judd Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, about 3 p.m. a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox went off the roadway and into the median.
The Colleton County Fire-Rescue ambulance stationed in Jonesville arrived to find the heavily damaged motor vehicle off the roadway at the tree line. Several bystanders were assisting the six people who were inside the Equinox when it crashed. Two of the accident victims were in critical condition.
As Fire-Rescue personnel began treating the patients, a call went out for assistance. A medical helicopter was requested, but could not fly because of the storm.
A Hampton County EMS unit arrived a short time later and assisted with the patients.
The 13-year-old girl was transported to Colleton Medical Center with additional firefighter-paramedics on board to assist with the patient care. She went into cardiac arrest during the transport to the Emergency Department.
Ambulance crews performed resuscitative efforts on the way to Colleton Medical Center and Emergency Department personnel continued the efforts after arrival at the hospital.
Hampton County EMS transported the second critical patient to Colleton Medical Center, and a second Colleton County Fire-Rescue vehicle transported the remaining patients.
The second critical patient, an adult, was stabilized at medical center, then flown by the C.A.R.E. Flight helicopter to a Charleston trauma center after the storm passed.
Southbound traffic on I-95 was down to one lane for two hours and backed up for three miles.