Report: Faulty tires, speed contribute to teen's death on Hwy 165

The overturned vehicle.
The overturned vehicle.

HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - An incident report released by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office offers details on what may have caused the Wednesday morning car accident on Highway 165 that took the life of a Baptist Hill student.

Antoinette Ross, a 16-year-old Hollywood resident, died of blunt force trauma from a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 165 in Hollywood on Wednesday morning, according to the Charleston County Coroners Office.

An incident report states that the vehicle was traveling too fast for conditions and that the car was unsafe because the tires were improperly inflated and having little to no tire tread depth.

Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said the wreck happened on the highway near Hollywood Drive, when a white SUV ran off the road, overcorrected, and entered a ditch, striking a culvert pipe and overturning.

Brady said Ross died after being partially ejected from the vehicle and two other people inside were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The road reopened around 12:15 p.m. The wreck is still under investigation.

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