Sumter woman dies from injuries sustained in Monday crash


CLARENDON COUNTY – A 73-year-old Sumter woman died Thursday in a Florence hospital after being involved in a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Clarendon County.

“Linda Smith, 73, of Sumter died at McLeod Health Florence on Thursday morning from injuries she sustained in the motor vehicle crash that occurred on Aug. 6,” said Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock.

Mock said that Smith was the driver of the vehicle that crossed the centerline striking another vehicle on Black River Road near the Clarendon-Williamsburg county line shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. A passenger in the vehicle that Smith was driving, William Franks, died at the scene from blunt force trauma, Mock added.

According to Cpl. Sonny Collins with South Carolina Highway Patrol, a 2013 Nissan was traveling south on U.S. 527, Black River Road, when the vehicle crossed the centerline striking a 2018 Ford Explorer that was traveling north on U.S. 527. Collins said it was unknown at the time of the wreck if Franks had been wearing a seatbelt. Collins added that the drivers of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

Collins said Monday afternoon that the accident was under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.