Investigation moves forward in Camp Creek Road wreck/death

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By Chris Sardelli

The investigation into a fatal two-vehicle wreck that killed a Monroe, N.C. Man along Camp Creek Road on Tuesday, May 7, is moving forward, though charges have yet to be filed.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said there are few updates on the wreck, which killed Jeffrey Whitener, 26, after he was ejected from his Honda at a sharp curve along the road, though a joint team of investigators are hard at work collecting evidence.

Shaw said sheriff’s investigators are waiting to review a report from the S.C. Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT), which has been working to reconstruct the wreck.

“They want to wait and see what that report can tell us before we jump to any conclusions,” Shaw said.

On Thursday, Shaw said no charges had been filed against Charles Small, 24, the driver of the pickup truck involved in the wreck who was hospitalized with minor injuries.

“He is not charged with anything yet,” Shaw said. “We’re waiting to get the MAIT team report, then compare it to evidence and information we have collected and then we’ll bring all of that to the solicitor’s office for review.”

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Tuesday that Small was listed in fair condition at Springs Memorial Hospital, though his condition was unknown Thursday. There were no other people involved in the wreck.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol Realtime Traffic Information website, troopers responded to a collision with injuries at the intersection of the 2300 block of Camp Creek Road and John Truesdale Road at 5:56 a.m.

Deputies responded that morning and found the pick-up truck askew in the middle of the road and the small Honda crashed along the side of the road, a sheriff’s office press release said.

Hours after the crash, the Honda could be seen in the yard of a nearby home, partially wrapped around a tree. 

The car’s front, driver’s side and roof were almost completely destroyed and ripped away.

S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said Tuesday morning he could not elaborate on the incident and said it was being handled by the sheriff’s office.

“The sheriff’s office is the investigating agency,” Elder said. “We’re assisting them.” 

Crime scene investigators arrived soon after and, along with MAIT, began taking extensive photographs of the scene.

Morris was unsure Tuesday if either driver was wearing a seatbelt, and further information about either driver or the wreck was not available Thursday.


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416