Clover teen critically injured in car crash

CLOVER -- A 15-year-old Clover girl was in critical condition Tuesday after being injured in a two-car collision Monday evening.

And the driver of one of the vehicles could be charged in connection with the wreck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Alicia Locklear of Clover was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday after the car she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle on S.C. 55, about five miles east of Clover.

A hospital spokeswoman Tuesday said Locklear was in critical condition. McDougald said both drivers and two other passengers were treated for injuries at Piedmont Medical Center.

McDougald said Locklear was riding in the front passenger seat of a 1996 Dodge sedan around 5:30 p.m., when the 17-year-old female driver, whose name has not been released, attempted to cross S.C. 55 going southbound on Kingsbury Road. The driver failed to yield the right of way to a 2005 Ford Mustang traveling eastbound on S.C. 55, McDougald said. The Mustang couldn't stop in time and struck the Dodge on the passenger's side, he said.

Locklear suffered multiple serious injuries, he said. "The brunt of the impact was on her side," McDougald said.

Attempts to reach Locklear's family Tuesday were unsuccessful.

In addition to Locklear and the driver, back seat passengers Stephanie Runyans, 15, and Nicole Runyans, 9, both of Clover, also were injured, McDougald said. They were transported to Piedmont Medical Center, where Nicole was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Stephanie Runyans was transferred to CMC, where she is in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the Mustang, 39-year-old Donna Laney of York, also was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, McDougald said. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

McDougald said charges are pending against the 17-year-old driver. Her name will not be released because she is a minor, McDougald said. Her condition was not available Tuesday.

Though the crash is still under investigation, McDougald said alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors.