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A South Carolina woman has died in a car-SUV accident, officials said

A woman was killed Monday when the car she was driving was involved in a collision with an SUV, according to South Carolina officials.

Mildred Towe Kelley, a 73-year-old Seneca resident, died in the crash, Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said.

According to Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the two-vehicle collision occurred around 11 a.m. in Oconee County.

Kelley was driving a 2017 Ford sedan on Wolf Stake Church Road, and as she crossed an intersection, the car was struck on the driver's side by a 2019 Honda SUV traveling south on SC 183, Ridgeway said.

Kelley suffered blunt force trauma and died at the scene, Addis said.

Ridgeway said the driver of the SUV was not injured and no other injuries were reported.

It was not disclosed whether any of the drivers were wearing a seatbelt.

The accident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 287 people have died on South Carolina roads in 2024 as of Monday. According to DPS, 1,030 people died in crashes in South Carolina last year.

At least 10 people died in crashes in Oconee County in 2024, according to DPS data. Twelve deaths were reported in the county in 2023, DPS reported.

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