YORK -- A 31-year-old Rock Hill woman died early Thursday in a head-on collision, authorities said.
Leslie Danielle Carpenter Hartis of 2371 Circle B Lake Road died from injuries she received in the collision, said York County's interim coroner, Sabrina Gast.
The other car's driver, Sarah Cavin, 23, of Spartanburg was taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Cavin was treated and transferred, said Myra Joines, PMC spokeswoman. A spokeswoman at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte said Cavin was given outpatient treatment.
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As Hartis' family memberes prepared Thursday for her funeral, they clung to memories.
"She was a very loving, sweet, spirited person," said Hartis' grandmother, Patricia Burkett. "She was such a joy in our lives -- our ray of sunshine."
Hartis was on her way home when the collision occurred, Burkett said.
Just after midnight Wednesday, Hartis was driving her 1996 Chevrolet Camaro south along S.C. 5., about a half-mile north of York. Cavin was driving north along the same road. Hartis' car crossed the center line and hit Cavin's 1997 Ford Crown Victoria head-on, Robinson said.
No passengers were in either car, and both drivers wore seat belts, he said.
Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the collision, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The investigation will look into Hartis' medical history, he said.
Burkett believed Hartis had a seizure. So does her mother, Patricia "Patty" Helms.
Hartis, the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, had suffered from seizures for about three years, Burkett said. Yet, the York Technical College nursing student was determined to move on with her life, Helms said.
"She was one of the most tender-hearted people you'd ever meet," Helms said. "She was going into nursing because she wanted to help others. She felt like that was God's purpose for her."
So far this year, three motorists have died on York County roads. Another person has died on Chester County roads, Johnson said.