Lawsuits filed in deadly Georgetown County bus crash

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 8:42 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2021 at 12:43 PM EDT
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KINGSTREE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Williamsburg County Transit System faces a pair of lawsuits in connection with a fatal bus crash that killed three people and injured others earlier this month.

The crash happened on Browns Ferry Road near Johnson Road in Georgetown County at approximately 7:19 a.m. on June 19.

One person on the bus died along with two people in the SUV that hit the bus head-on.

The Georgetown County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as:

  • Kellen Graves, 42, of Kingstree
  • Kyle Wilson, 42, of Andrews
  • Cedric Riddick, 33, of Kingstree

Court documents state the suits were filed on behalf of two people who were on the bus at the time of the crash. One of them was injured and the other, Graves, died in the crash.

The lawsuits allege the bus driver failed to properly stay in the correct lane failed to follow traffic safety rules failed to use a degree of care and caution and was negligent.

The suit states the surviving victim was severely and permanently injured as a result of the crash.

Attorney Cezar McKnight represents the plaintiffs in the suit.

“The diagrams indicate that both drivers crossed left of center, so even in the best case scenario for the Williamsburg County Transit Authority, them leaving their driver going left of center is contributory negligent and therefore makes them liable for any injuries, unfortunately the death sustained by my clients,” he said.

The lawsuits request jury trials and seen actual and punitive damages.

Williamsburg County Attorney Billy Jenkinson, when asked for a response to the claims in the suits, said he was not aware of any lawsuit being filed.

“I am not aware of any lawsuit being filed and if one is filed it has not been served and the county would have 30 days to respond through its insurance carrier,” he said. “It may be even 60 days before response is filed.”

The bus was traveling between Kingstree and Myrtle Beach and had 35 people on board when the crash happened, according to WCTS. The agency says that an older bus without a working camera was involved in the collision and that the regular bus was being serviced at the time.

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