An Abbeville County woman and her granddaughter died in a wreck Wednesday afternoon near Due West.
Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley identified the woman as Gay Janalene James, 54, of 14 MX Drive, Iva, and noted she died at the scene of the single-vehicle wreck. The Lake Secession woman was driving a 1999 Chevrolet along with her 11-month-old granddaughter Charley Beasley, who was airlifted from the scene and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The child died there later in the evening Wednesday.
The incident is being investigated by the Abbeville Coroner's Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol. According SCHP Lance Cpl. Tony Keller, the wreck occurred just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday along S.C. Highway 184, about a mile west of Due West. He noted the driver was seatbelted and the infant was in a car seat at the time of the crash.
Officials said the victim appeared to veer off the shoulder of the road, overcorrected and went down and embankment where the car struck a tree.
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