Sunday crash claims life of Greenwood teen
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM
A Greenwood teen died from injuries she sustained in a crash in Spartanburg County early Sunday morning that involved an intoxicated driver.
Officials from the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 16-year-old Shykeria Lyle-Daja Watts, of 221 Cemetery Road. She died just before 3 a.m. at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Watts died from massive head trauma.
According to preliminary reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 12:50 a.m. on Interstate 26 about 6.5 miles south of Woodruff. Watts was one of two passengers in a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria being driven by Rasheed Reeves, a 23-year-old Clinton man.
SCHP Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said the car was traveling eastbound when Reeves veered off the left side of the interstate, lost control of the vehicle, traveled back across the highway and slammed into a guard rail. Neither Reeves nor Watts were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and both were ejected as a result. They were both transported to Spartanburg Regional by ambulance, where Watts later died. The third person in the vehicle did not suffer any injuries.
Keller noted Reeves was charged with felony driving under the influence, death results, in connection with the crash. Spartanburg County records showed he was also booked on a count of driving under suspension Sunday. He was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Sunday afternoon.
The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol’s MAIT Team.