Columbia, SC Head On Collision, Mar 1986


The Associated Press.
A car carrying four people smashed head-on into another car carrying five people about 15 miles east of Columbia Saturday, killing eight people, including a mother and her infant and a woman who was seven months pregnant, authorities said.
That accident brought the number of weekend traffic fatalities in South Carolina to at least 15, officials said.
The collision that killed eight occurred on a secondary road not far from McEntire Air National Guard Base in eastern Richland County, officials said.
The 3 p.m. accident killed five members of a Spartanburg family and three people from the Eastover area, said Richland County Coroner Frank Barron.
Witnesses told authorities a gray car carrying four people was traveling about 70 miles per hour and lost control on a curve, smashing into the red car carrying five members of a Spartanburg family, Barron said.
The Spartanburg family members were: CHARLES DICKIE GRIFFIN, the driver; his wife, JOY HAMILTON GRIFFIN, who was seven months pregnant; and their children, CHARLIE, LISA and DANIEL.
The driver of the gray car was identified as TINA BOSTIC of Eastover, but the identity of the baby found on her lap was not immediately available. The deceased passenger in the car was identified as ANN WRIGHT. The man in the back seat, who was seriously injured, was identified as EDDIE BLIZZARD. He was taken to a nearby hospital, Barron said.
Ages on the victims were not immediately available.
Witnesses said the infant in the gray car was found between his mother and the steering wheel.
The Highway Patrol reported that a Spartanburg County teenager was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 85 near U.S. 221, according to the Highway Patrol.
KIMBERLY A. COOKSEY, 16, of Route 1, Spartanburg, was killed in the accident, which was reported at approximately 7:35 p.m. said Trooper J.G. Hammond.
The driver of the pickup truck she was riding in lost control of the vehicle, which ran into the median and overturned several times, Hammond said.
The driver, LAURA ANNE COOKSEY, 24, and GAIL RENEE COOKSEY, 18, both of Route 1, Spartanburg, were being treated Saturday night at Spartanburg General Hospital, Hammond said.

The Greenville News South Carolina 1986-03-30