Deputies: Alcohol blamed in teen's fatal crash

Kendall Walton
Kendall Walton

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigation concluded that alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed a 17-year-old Hilton Head Island girl and injured several others.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 17 responded to a single-car collision in Indigo Run Plantation.

Driver, Kendall Walton died as a result of her injuries. Four Hilton Head teenage passengers suffered injuries that required medical attention.

Evidence collected at the crash site led SCHP and the sheriff's office to believe that alcohol consumption may have been the cause of the crash.

Walton bought alcohol beverages on three separate occasions just days before the wreck, according to the sheriff's office.

Video surveillance showed Walton buying liquor at Island Liquors at 70 Pope Ave. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, and again on Nov 16, according to the sheriff's office.

The store clerk requested to see her identification. Walton showed a driver's license that showed her to be 21 years old, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver's license was recovered among Walton's items, which belonged to Savanna Clary, of Bluffton.

Clary told investigators that she had lost her driver's license about a year and half earlier, had no affiliation with Walton, and had no idea how it ended up with Walton, according to the sheriff's office.

Walton bought the alcohol that was in her car on Nov. 17 with a South Carolina driver's license that wasn't hers and showed that she was 21 years old, according to investigators.

No criminal or administrative charges will be filed.

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