CALHOUN COUNTY — A York County woman who studied at Clemson University and was on her way to a wedding died Saturday morning in a crash that threw her from a truck and left two others with injuries in Calhoun County, authorities say.
Sara Ann Comer, 21, of Hickory Grove, died from internal injuries she suffered during the crash, said Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth.
At about 3:15 a.m., a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck carrying three passengers and travelling south veered off Maybrick Creek Road, said Sgt. Bob Beres with the state Highway Patrol.
The truck ran off the right side of the road before the driver over-corrected, Beres said. The car went to the left and then went back to the right as it struck several trees and eventually overturned.
Comer, Beres said, was ejected from the truck.
The driver, Barry Quattlebaum, 26, was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital, while passenger Kelly Howell, 22, also of Hickory Grove, was taken to Lexington Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Howell has since been released and is home resting, said her mother, Audrey Howell.
"She's going to be fine," she said.
She was wearing a seat belt and still in the truck when emergency officials responded to the accident, Audrey Howell said. She had to be cut out of the car.
The trio were scheduled to go to a wedding on Saturday, but stopped in Calhoun County to visit a friend, Porth said.
Howell and Comer stopped in St. Matthews, Audrey Howell said, to stay the night with a friend, Quattlebaum. They planned to continue driving to Hilton Head Island for Audrey Howell's niece's wedding when the accident happened.
Comer was a senior at Clemson University studying agricultural education, said Robin Denny, university spokeswoman. Howell is a senior Clemson student majoring in parks, recreation and tourism management.
Quattlebaum, Denny said, was a student who graduated in 2010 with a degree in management.