Rock Hill High student dies following Tuesday wreck; second student in good condition

A student from Rock Hill High school died this morning following a Tuesday car accident.

Kimberly Hobbs, 16, of 1001 Neely Store Road died after the car she was riding in Tuesday afternoon was involved in a head-on collision, according to a hospital spokeswoman at Carolinas Medical Center.

The other student who was in the car, Amanda Trader, 16, was listed in good condition, the spokeswoman said.

Two Rock Hill teenagers were in a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday after a head-on collision with a man authorities say was driving under the influence of alcohol.

William C. Brown, 49, of 3456 Passmore Road originally was arrested and charged with two counts of felony DUI. However, officials have upgraded charges to include one count of felony DUI death along with a felony DUI, great bodily injury charge, a jail official said.

Bond has not been set.

Authorities say his sport utility vehicle hit a car carrying the two teens, both students at Rock Hill High School, along Neely Store Road around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Amanda Trader, 16, of 1064 Farm Pond Road was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where a hospital spokeswoman said she was in fair condition late Tuesday.

Trader's passenger, Kimberly Hobbs, 16, of 1001 Neely Store Road was transported by ambulance to Piedmont Medical Center after the wreck, but was later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday night.

Trader and Hobbs wore seat belts, Robinson said.

Trader was driving a four-door 1992 Mazda north on Neely Store Road about 2 miles north of Lesslie and near the high school when the wreck happened. Brown was traveling south in a 1995 Isuzu sports utility van that pulled a utility trailer.

"Mr. Brown drove left of center," Robinson said. "Trader attempted to swerve left to avoid contact. At that point, Mr. Brown swerved back into his proper lane, and he struck Trader's car head on."

Robinson said Brown's passenger, David Stacks, 42, of 4872 Lockout Road in McConnells was not injured. Neither Brown or Stacks wore seat belts, Robinson said.

The speed limit for the area is 45 mph, said Robinson, who added the weather was clear and dry.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating the collision, Robinson said.

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