News In Brief - February 11, 2008

Man thrown from Jeep on Saturday critical

A Rock Hill man remained in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Sunday after being thrown from the back of a Jeep Wrangler that struck a tree late Saturday afternoon.

Wesley McDonald, 18, of 2159 Porter Road was riding on the rear floorboard of the Jeep when it ran off of the right side of Porter Road, overcorrected to the left, struck a tree and overturned, according to Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The crash occurred at about 4:25 p.m. Saturday about 4 miles south of Rock Hill, McDougald said.

The condition of the driver, David Harvey, 51, of 2163 Porter Road, Rock Hill, was unknown Sunday, as was the condition of a front-seat passenger, Kenneth Williams of 417 Elm St., Lancaster. Patrolmen had no age for Williams.

The highway patrol said Williams, who was wearing a seat belt, had been taken to Piedmont Medical Center by ambulance, but the hospital had no record of him Sunday, a nursing supervisor said.

Harvey was taken by ambulance to CMC, according to the highway patrol, but the nursing supervisor there said Sunday she had no record of him. Investigators were uncertain whether Harvey was wearing a seat belt.

The speed limit in the area where the accident occurred is 45 mph, McDougald said. The accident, including the Jeep's speed, were under investigation Sunday.

Local students to compete in regional spelling bee

Five local students will compete in the 2008 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee today in Charlotte.

The students are:

• Scott Craig, Lewisville Middle School;

• Cassandra Bonilla, Crowders Creek Middle School;

• Zach Dulcie, Gold Hill Middle School;

• Jasmine McCoy, Jefferson Elementary School; and

• Drew Kosak, Saint Anne Catholic School.

In addition to other prizes, students will compete for a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Today's bee starts at 10 a.m. at the Wachovia Playhouse in ImaginOn in downtown Charlotte.

Check Tuesday's Herald to see if any local students won.

Construction projects


• Paraham and Mount Gallant roads, daytime lane closures due to intersection improvements.

• Zoar Road, reduced to one lane through approximately Feb. 28 due to water-line installation. Detour from S.C. 160 to Hamilton Road to Youngblood Road.