3 people killed in separate traffic accidents across region

South Carolina Highway Patrol
South Carolina Highway Patrol(Contributed)
Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 8:34 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2023 at 3:48 PM EDT
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MONETTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Three people are dead after separate vehicle accidents in Aiken and Orangeburg counties, including a 4-year-old.

In Orangeburg County

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a 4-year-old after a Friday afternoon crash in Orangeburg County.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 3:26 p.m. on private property near the 200 block of Belfast Avenue.

Troopers say a 2020 Dodge pickup was traveling south on the property when it struck the girl standing on the property. The driver of the Dodge was not injured.

The Orangeburg County coroner identified the victim as Lorelei Klopp of Belfast Avenue.

On Saturday night, one person was killed in a car accident on Fort Motte Road at Dillon Court, about eight miles north of Calhoun.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 9:30 p.m. when the driver of a 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup truck ran off the left side of the road and hit an embankment, causing the truck to flip.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Calhoun County coroner responded to the scene of the crash.

In Aiken County

A Batesburg man is dead after an all-terrain vehicle accident in Aiken County.

Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables has identified the victim as 23-year-old Dyrth R. Fulmer.

Ables said the accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on private property on Holder Road near Hadden Road a few miles southeast of Monetta.

According to the coroner, the accident happened when Fulmer lost control of the ATV, a CanAm BRP side by side, after hitting a slight embankment and flipping over while traveling north on Holder Road.

Ables said there were two other passengers in the ATV who were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office and Aiken County Sheriff’s Office are working together on the ongoing investigation.

The coroner said he’s awaiting the results of a toxicology report.