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Aiken Driver, 17, Dies After Crossing Highway Into Path of Truck



An Aiken teenager was killed Tuesday afternoon after crossing the center line on Highway 78 and hitting a truck, authorities said.

ShaJira Betties, 17, was pronounced dead on the scene from blunt force injuries, according to Coroner Darryl Ables.

The wreck happened at 1:46 p.m. Tuesday on Hig...

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  1. I hope they investigate and report if she was texting or talking on her phone! Sorry she lost her life and I feel real bad for the family, but so many young people are totally disregarding the law, I pray she was not one of them, so the family won’t be responsible for paying the damages without insurance.

  2. Back in late 2016, another driver admitted that he was texting on his phone, crossed the center-line and hit us head on at an estimated closure rate of 85 mph. We were in the back seat of our sons new car and he had no time to react, totaling both cars, but they did what they were designed to do and we survived, but not without injury’s that we continue to deal with today. We found out later, that other driver had had three more accidents in the four years it took to settle the case (don’t believe those TV lawyer settlement$); so he didn’t learn any lesson’s. He was 20 at the time of the first one. I admit that early on, I did reply to a text or two, but stopped after someone almost side-swiped me and I could see the driver holding her phone. The phone now stays in my pocket. Will more education of the dangers help? Probably not, as I see many adults using the phone while driving, including police.

  3. I hate the young woman lost her life from what is likely a stupid error, but I give her credit that she was buckled up. Day after day you read about fatalities “ejected from the vrhicle”. Such a preventable sadness for all.

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