Victim identified in fatal I-77 head-on collision

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One person is dead after a head-on collision on Interstate 77 Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 11:30am at mile marker 21, near Killian Road.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a 2002 Nissan Altima driven by 22-year-old Ronniece D. Kirby of Baltimore, MD was traveling northbound when it lost control, crossed the median, and struck a 2006 Dodge Charger head-on that was traveling southbound.

Sgt. Kelley Hughes says Kirby was not wearing a seat and was ejected from the vehicle. Kirby was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital she died in surgery, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

The other four male passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Hughes says the driver of the 2006 Dodge Charger, 21-year-old Alvin Squirewell, was wearing a seatbelt. He was taken to the same hospital as the other individuals, but his condition is not known at this time. There were no passengers in Squirewell's vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation, but Sgt. Hughes says a witness statement indicates the driver of the Nissan Altima was traveling in a reckless manner prior to losing control.

The accident closed the interstate for about two hours Sunday. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

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