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Upstate child dies after wreck, mother charged with DUI

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - The Cherokee County Coroner said 8-year-old Anna Rhinehart died after a single-vehicle collision Friday night. Her death marks the first traffic fatality in Cherokee County in 2013.

Coroner Dennis Fowler said Rhinehart died Saturday morning in the pediatric intensive care unit at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He said she was sitting unrestrained on the lap of a front-seat passenger and was ejected from the vehicle on impact.

Fowler said Anna was one of seven occupants of a 2001 Ford crew cab truck when the driver ran off the side of the roadway, overcorrected to the left, passed down an embankment and struck a tree.

The victim's mother, 27-year-old Samantha Gail Rhinehart, was driving the vehicle, according to officials. She is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Rhinehart is charged with DUI.

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