JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Johns Island woman was killed after the car she was a passenger in struck a tree on Maybank Highway early Saturday morning.
The Charleston County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 17-year-old Cierra Givens from Johns Island. Authorities say she died from head and neck injuries.
According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Kayla Givens, of Thomas Jones Road on Johns Island, was driving eastbound on Maybank Highway near Bears Bluff Road around 3 a.m. Saturday.
Deputies say Givens lost control of her silver 2003 Buick Century for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck a tree with the "B" pillar of the passenger side, causing severe damage.
Givens' 17-year-old sister Cierra was seated in the right front seat at the time of the collision and sustained fatal injuries. The sheriff's office says there was no indication that either sister was wearing a seatbelt.
Kayla Givens' 1-year-old son, Kayshawn Demonte Givens-Perry, was seated in the right rear of the vehicle during the accident. The child was buckled in a booster seat; however the booster seat was not buckled to the vehicle. Kayla Givens and her son were taken to MUSC and both were admitted for observation.
There were no indications that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, according to the sheriff's office.
The vehicle was towed to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office's evidence compound by Ravenel towing. No charges have been filed at this time but the investigation is ongoing.
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