UPDATE | Surviving passenger in last week's deadly Aiken County crash dies

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- One of the surviving passengers in a deadly crash that happened in Aiken County last Monday has died.

According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, Shanna Ard, 34, of Aiken died Wednesday night at Augusta University Medical Center's Shock Trauma department, where she had been since the July 10 crash.

Ard was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Andrew Sanders that collided head on with another vehicle. Sanders died in the crash.

The other driver, Carlos Corona, survived and is now out of the hospital. Julia Putnam, the other surviving passenger, was in the car with Corona and her condition is still unknown at this time.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The surviving driver in a deadly crash that happened in Aiken County on Monday night is improving at a local hospital.

Carlos Corona's condition has been updated from serious to good condition. He's currently recovering at Augusta University Medical Center.

Two other survivors of the crash, Julia Putnam and Shanna Ard are also recovering but their conditions are currently unknown at this time.

Tyler Price, 32, of Aiken; Zoei Boatwright, 20, of Ridge Spring; and Andrew Sanders, 22, of Aiken; were killed in the two-vehicle crash around 11 p.m. Monday night. Sanders was the driver of the other vehicle.

Investigators say Sanders was driving his 2006 Chevy Impala on Highway 19 north with Price, Ard, and Boatwright in the car. Corona was driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder in the opposite direction with Putnam. Sanders reportedly crossed the centerline in the 1400 block of Highway 19 north and struck Corona's vehicle head on.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's a raw emotional day for many in Aiken County after a fatal wreck taking three lives.

"I'm reminded of her every day I walk in my room because on my wall is that thing that she signed that says Vickey and Zoei, BFF 4 ever, Zoei Renee loves you baby girl forever," Vickey Wise said.

Just hours after learning her best friend Zoei Boatwright was one of three who lost their lives in this accident on Edgefield Highway, the emotions are still raw.

"And all kind of emotions all in one about it because she didn't deserve to die this young," Vickey said.

Vickey was just lying in bed when her mother told her Zoei was gone.

"I just jumped up out of the bed, started yelling her name, no, no Zoei and started balling because I just talked to her," she said.

Zoei was in the car with three others, Tyler Price and Drew Sanders also lost their lives. Three others were taken to Augusta Regional. Through all the emotions today, Zoei's laugh can still be heard.

"Right now it's like my brain has went dead because of her laugh and hearing her say Vic, but that might be her way of telling me she's okay," Vickey said.

The 20 year old leaves behind a baby and Vickey says the best way to for Zoei to live on is through her child.

"We're going to have to be the ones to tell that baby that her mama passed away in a car wreck, but her mama loved her more than anything in this world," she said.

Vickey also plans to visit the spot of the wreck to place a cross for both Zoei and Drew, who she also knew.

The coroner says a toxicology is still pending.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

4:04 p.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three victims killed and three victims injured in an overnight accident on Edgefield Highway have been identified.

Tyler Price, 32, of Aiken; Zoei Boatwright, 20, of Ridge Spring; and Andrew Sanders, 22, of Aiken; were killed in the two vehicle crash around 11 p.m. Monday night.

Sanders was the driver of one of the vehicles. Investigators say the injured parties have been identified as Carlos Corona, Julia Putnam, and Shanna Ard.

Investigators say Sanders was driving his 2006 Chevy Impala on Highway 19 north with Price, Ard, and Boatwright in the car. Corona was driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder in the opposite direction with Putnam.

Sanders reportedly crossed the centerline in the 1400 block of Highway 19 north and struck Corona's vehicle head on.

Corona, Putnam and Ard were transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where they were hospitalized with critical but what is considered non-life threatening injuries. Corona is currently still in critical condition. Putnam and Ard are also recovering but their conditions are currently unknown at this time.

Price was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Sanders and Boatwright were pronounced dead at the scene.

This collision is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Aiken County Coroner's Office. Toxicology is pending on the drivers of both vehicles. Investigators say Sanders is at fault for the crash.



4:10 a.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The South Carolina Highway Patrol says three people have been killed and two others have been injured after a head on collision involving two vehicles on Edgefield Highway.

Troopers say the crash happened around 11:00 p.m. Monday evening.

They say a 2005 Nissan SUV was traveling south on S.C. Highway 19 when a 2006 Chevy traveling north crossed the center line and struck it head on.

Two passengers in the Nissan were taken to a local hospital, according to troopers. No word on their conditions.

SCHP says three people, including the driver, in the Chevy were killed in the crash. We are still waiting to hear from the Coroner's Office for the id's of those victims.

The crash remains under investigation.

1:00 a.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- South Carolina Highway Patrol is working a possibly deadly accident on Edgefield Highway in Aiken.

Aiken County dispatch confirms it was called in as an accident with injuries just after 11 p.m. Monday night.

SCHP's website now lists the accident as fatal.

It is near the cross street of Bethel Church Rd on Edgefield Highway.

We have reached out to the Aiken County coroner and South Carolina Highway Patrol for more details.

We also have a News 12 NBC 26 crew on the scene working to learn more.