Child, 7, killed in Saturday wreck

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

SUNSET — A 7-year-old boy died of injuries suffered in a crash Saturday.

Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Christopher Case Johnson, 7, of Tamassee.

The fatal collision occurred on Saturday evening at 11 p.m., according to Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The collision occurred on S.C. Highway 133 a little more than five miles north of Salem, he said.

The collision occurred as a 2008 Chevy four-door driven by Carolina Rose Anna Haley, 28, of Tamassee, was traveling north on S.C. 133, also known as Crowe Creek Road.

The vehicle entered a curve, crossed the center line. ran off the left side of the road and struck an embankment, Rhyne said.

The child was wearing a seatbelt and was in a booster seat, Rhyne said

Kelley said Johnson was transported to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, where he was pronounced dead. Cause of death was blunt-force trauma.

Haley was injured in the collision and was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt, Rhyne said.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.