A mother and her child died in a motor vehicle accident on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia on Friday morning.
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher reported that Mesia Alonda Johnson, 32, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision.
Johnson’s only passenger was her 3-year-old son, Cavon Cannon, who was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead due to his injuries.
The accident occurred at 9 a.m. as the vehicle driven by Johnson crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming tractor-trailer.
Johnson was wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred, but the child was not restrained, the coroner said.
The collision remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
As of March 4, 130 people have died on South Carolina’s highways, compared to 175 highway deaths during the same time period in 2017.
Of the 96 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2018, 55 were not wearing seat belts.
Through March 4, 18 pedestrians have died compared to 27 in 2017; 12 motorcyclists have died compared to 16 in 2017; and two bicyclists have died compared to four in 2017 on state roads and highways.
The S.C. Department of Public Safety has recorded no fatal collisions in Bamberg County so far this year, compared to two during the same period last year.
The department has also recorded no fatal collisions in Calhoun County so far this year, compared to one during the same period last year.
There has been one fatal collision in Orangeburg County so far this year, compared to five during the same period last year.