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Coroner identifies 19-year-old victim in deadly West Ashley crash

Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 8:59 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2021 at 11:35 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner’s Office released the identity of the Charleston woman killed in a late-night crash Thursday night in West Ashley.

Ryleigh O’Brien, 19, died at approximately 11:43 p.m. at the scene of the crash, which happened in the 2300 block of Ashley River Road.

Investigators were asking the public for any information on the crash. They say one of the drivers ran away from the scene.

The crash, which left one person dead and a second hospitalized, happened at approximately 11:40 p.m. Thursday night in the 2300 block of Ashley River Road.

Police say a Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV struck an Infiniti Q50 that was traveling in the opposite direction. The collision cause the Trailblazer to strike a third vehicle that had been traveling behind it, Inspector Michal Gillooly said.

The driver of the Trailblazer ran from the vehicle on foot before police arrived at the scene of the crash, Gillooly said.

EMS took the driver of the Infiniti to an area hospital for treatment, but a passenger in that vehicle, identified as O’Brien, died at the scene, he said.

The driver of the third vehicle was not seriously injured.

The police department’s accident investigation team closed the roadway for several hours to process the scene.

Police have not said whether they have identified the person who ran away from the scene.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Charleston Police Department’s Traffic Division at 843-965-4084.

Charleston Police say this fatality is the 11th traffic fatality they have investigated this year.

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