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Troopers: Other vehicle leaves scene after fatal crash

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Monday, August 1, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A female passenger died Saturday night after the vehicle she was riding in crashed on US 378, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

It happened around 8:45 p.m. near Lake Village Drive.

Troopers said a 2001 GMC Yukon was going east on US 378 when it came upon an unknown car that was stopped at a stop sign on Lake Village Drive. "They were pulling out from a stop sign and pulled right in front of the victim's vehicle," said Sgt. Kelly Hughes. He said the truck tried to dodge the other vehicle and ended up skidding off the right side of the road and flipping several times.

The 66-year-old female passenger, Shirley Wright, was ejected from the vehicle, according to the corner, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 70-year-old husband and driver of the truck, Arthur Wright, was not injured in the incident.

Family members said the couple had been married for 43 years. They said the two was excited about their weekend getaway because it would have been their first trip along together in some time. But they never made it to their destination.

Shirley had recently survived bone cancer, family said, but she wasn't able to survive the crash.

Investigators want to know why the other driver involved didn't stick around. Troopers said they have not made contact with the person(s) in the unknown vehicle and are looking to do so."We're basically looking for any information that could lead us to the vehicle, this unknown vehicle that was involved in this crash," said Sgt. Hughes.

The patrol's MAIT team is investigating the crash.

Troopers are asking if you know anything about the crash, to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 803-896-9621 or Crimestoppers.

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