Fatal Single-Vehicle Accident Claims One Life in Orangeburg County

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 21, 2023, at 12:26 p.m.

A tragic incident was reported by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, indicating the loss of one life as a vehicle veered off the road near Interstate 95. Lance Cpl. Brittany Glover stated that this incident occurred around 8:02 p.m. on a Friday night, approximately six miles south of Santee. According to the official release, a 2007 Ford pickup truck, traveling eastbound on Highway 176, left the roadway, resulting in the vehicle overturning. Regrettably, the victim succumbed to their injuries at the scene. As of now, the identity of the victim remains undisclosed.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the family’s loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you been injured in a car accident or your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Frank Hartman.

A Berkeley County deputy sustained injuries in a hit-and-run crash while on duty

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 20, 2023, at 03:06 p.m.

On Friday morning, a deputy from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office sustained injuries after being struck by a vehicle while on duty. The incident occurred as the deputy was directing traffic at Whitesville Elementary School, as reported by Cpl. Carli Drayton. The sheriff’s office received notification of this incident shortly before 7:30 a.m., and unfortunately, the vehicle involved did not stop after the collision. The injured deputy, who also serves as a School Resource Officer, was subsequently transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is currently investigating this case as a hit-and-run, and individuals with information are encouraged to contact them.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the deputy and the deputy’s loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you been injured in a hit-and-run accident or your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Frank Hartman.

6-year-old boy killed in a golf cart accident in Summerville, SC

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 19, 2023, at 04:26 p.m.

A tragic incident occurred as a 6-year-old boy from South Carolina, Aarow Robinson of Summerville, lost his life in a golf cart accident. According to the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened when young Aarow fell from the golf cart and was unintentionally struck, resulting in his untimely passing. The authorities were alerted, and the incident occurred on North Creek Drive in Summerville, with the coroner’s office responding to an emergency room call just before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If your child has been injured or suffered a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Frank Hartman.

State officials are probing a boating death in Charleston Harbor

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 16, 2023, at 11:2 1 a.m.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is looking into a boating death that occurred in Charleston Harbor.

While specific details about the incident remain limited, the Department of Natural Resources clarified in a post on the social media platform X (previously known as Twitter) that the accident on Oct. 15 didn’t result from a collision.

In a related incident reported by Kailey Cota from The Post and Courier, the Coast Guard saved two individuals from a sinking boat near Georgetown.

Regarding the Charleston Harbor incident, one individual fell overboard but was retrieved. However, they later became unresponsive and subsequently passed away, as conveyed by DNR spokesperson Stephen Fastenau on Oct. 16.

The investigation is ongoing, and an autopsy is anticipated. The identity of the deceased has yet to be disclosed by the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a boat accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Sunday 10/15/2023 Car Accident on Highway I-26

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 15, 2023, at 15:0 1p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports a vehicular accident on I-26 eastbound on Sunday.

The incident occurred between 3 miles east of exit 187 and 1 mile east of exit 194 on I-26 eastbound, according to SCDOT.

Details regarding potential injuries are not yet available.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Saturday 10/14/2023 Car Accident on Highway 17

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 15, 2023, at 09:23 a.m.

North Highway 17 is now open following a vehicular accident on Saturday evening.

The incident occurred at the intersection of North Highway 17, Belk Drive, and Theatre Drive, leading to a temporary road closure, as reported by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Details regarding the number of vehicles involved or potential injuries remain uncertain.

The road was cleared and reopened shortly after midnight on Sunday, according to the police department.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Umbrella Company Denies Negligence Claims

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 13, 2023, at 09:23 a.m.

Garden City Beach, SC – East Coast Umbrella Inc., the manufacturer of the umbrella that fatally injured Tammy Perreault in Garden City last year, has refuted all claims of negligence in a lawsuit filed by her husband, Michael Perreault. The tragic incident, which took place on August 10, 2022, saw Tammy Perreault being struck in the chest by a wind-propelled umbrella. The event garnered significant media attention, and her death was deemed accidental by authorities.

However, Michael Perreault initiated a lawsuit on August 15, alleging that the company sold a product with a “spear-like” design. In their defense, presented on October 2, the North Carolina-based company outlined 13 potential defenses, primarily emphasizing the lack of evidence to establish their liability. They also suggested that the incident might be viewed as an “act of God,” which could exempt them from responsibility.

In his legal complaint, Michael Perreault claimed that the umbrella did not have adequate safety measures to remain fixed in the sand and that the company failed to provide any warnings about potential risks if the umbrella was not properly anchored. He further accused East Coast Umbrella of producing a design that was “dangerously flawed, insufficient, unsafe, and defective,” particularly pointing to its “spear-like” tip.

Michael Perreault emphasized that they were unaware of the umbrella’s alleged defects when the accident occurred, holding these defects responsible for his wife’s demise. The lawsuit states that he has suffered immense emotional distress, anxiety, and grief due to the loss of his wife and seeks compensation for the same.

While Michael Perreault and his lawyer, Ian Maguire, chose not to comment on the matter, East Coast Umbrella Inc. defended its products, stating they adhere to industry standards. They also proposed that the mishap might have resulted from misuse of the umbrella.

Michael Perreault has requested a jury trial and is pursuing damages. East Coast Umbrella aims to transfer the case to a federal court, citing the significant amount of damages sought and the different states of residence for the plaintiff and the company.

In a related development, Michael Perreault settled with Beach Services Ltd., an umbrella rental firm, in July. The specifics of this settlement remain undisclosed.

Following Tammy Perreault’s death, Horry County has refrained from altering its beach shading regulations. The county permits only umbrellas measuring 7 to 9 feet in diameter during the peak summer months and prohibits large tents or wind-driven shading devices.

From 2010 to 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that approximately 2,800 individuals received treatment for injuries caused by wind-driven umbrellas.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Car Crash on I-20 near Exit 1

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 13, 2023, at 09:01 a.m.

Major Overnight Crash Blocks Lanes on I-20 Near Columbia, SC

A serious multi-vehicle collision occurred late last night on Interstate 20 near exit 1 in Columbia, fully blocking all lanes for several hours. The crash was reported at 11:56 pm on Tuesday evening.

South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene. As of this morning, details regarding any injuries and the condition of those involved have not yet been released. The cause of the accident also remains under investigation.

Initial reports indicate multiple vehicles were struck in the rear-end collision. Highway patrol has barred public access to the crash site while authorities examine evidence and remove damaged vehicles.

The interstate closure caused major traffic delays and congestion overnight. Motorists reported extensive backups and standstill traffic lasting through the early morning commute.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash. Further updates will be provided once additional details and information become available. The public is asked to avoid speculation until the facts are confirmed.

There is no word yet on when all lanes of I-20 near exit 1 will fully reopen. Officials recommend drivers steer clear of the area and plan alternate routes if possible this morning.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the victims of this accident and the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Two Seriously Injured in Early Morning Collision on Johns Island

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 11, 2023, at 11:28 a.m.

John’s Island, SC – A major two-vehicle crash occurred early Tuesday morning on Johns Island, South Carolina, leaving both drivers hospitalized with serious injuries.

Around 2:30am, St. John’s Fire District responded to the intersection of Main and Chisolm Roads near River Road. Upon arrival, they found two severely damaged vehicles with one driver trapped inside each car.

Firefighters worked quickly to extricate the victims from the wreckage. Both were then transported by EMS to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment. The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the collision to determine its cause. Main and Chisolm Roads were closed for several hours after the crash to allow investigators to process the scene.

In addition to St. John’s Fire District, the Charleston Fire Department, St. Andrews Fire Department and Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad all provided crucial assistance with the urgent response and rescue efforts.

Authorities are still working to notify the families of the victims. The serious late-night collision serves as an important reminder about the dangers of driving at high speeds and the importance of buckling up.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the victims of this accident and the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Fatal Hit-and-Run on I-26 in South Carolina Remains Unsolved

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 9, 2023, at 10:34 a.m.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Interstate 26 in South Carolina on Saturday night. The fatal collision occurred around 7:52 PM on the westbound side of I-26, approximately one mile from the U.S. Highway 78 exit, according to Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The victim, who has not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin, was hit by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene after the impact. The pedestrian died at the site of the crash.

Authorities have not yet released a description of the suspect vehicle involved in the hit-and-run. The westbound lanes of I-26 were shut down for a period on Saturday night as investigators examined the scene.

Officials urge anyone with information about this deadly hit-and-run to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 843-953-6000 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111. The search continues for the driver responsible for this fatal collision.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who lost someone. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.