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Driver in fatal crash on S.C. 161 was Rock Hill woman, 20

Authorities have released the name of the Rock Hill woman who died Sunday after her vehicle struck an embankment, flipped and hit a fence.

Cynthia Villejoin, 20, of 1930 Lavington Drive died from a head injury, said Sabrina Gast, York County interim coroner.

Around 3:45 a.m., Villejoin was driving a 2002 Jeep Cherokee south along S.C. 161 about five miles north of York when she lost control, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Villejoin swerved off the left side of the road, hit an embankment, flipped and struck a fence, McDougald said. She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where she later died.

Two females were passengers in Villejoin's vehicle, McDougald said. No information was available on their status.

Barbara Davis said her 20-year-old daughter was riding in the back seat of the Jeep when the crash occurred. Her daughter walked away without serious injury due in part to the seat belt she was wearing, Davis said.

"I feel so thankful and blessed," Davis said. "It just shows how important it is to wear your seat belt."

The women had been at a friend's house before the accident, Davis said. Villejoin and Davis' daughter had been friends since childhood, Davis said.

"I'm just grieving for poor Cynthia," Davis said. "She really was a sweet girl."

McDougald said it's unknown why Villejoin lost control. The posted speed limit for the area was 55 mph, he said. Villejoin's speed was 50 mph, he said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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