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Santiago Cortez, 29, Killed in Aiken County Crash After Driver Disregards Traffic While Making Turn

A two-car accident in Aiken County, SC, left one person dead and two injured on Saturday night, June 28.

Authorities say a 1998 Honda Accord was moving west on S.C. 118 (East Pine Log Road) when the driver attempted to make a turn at S.C. 4 (Wagener Road). Unfortunately, the driver disregarded traffic and pulled out in front of a 2018 Jeep Wrangler heading in the opposite direction. The Jeep’s driver was unable to stop and crashed into the passenger side of the Honda.

The Jeep’s driver was unhurt, but the Honda’s driver and front-seat passenger were taken to a local hospital with injuries. Santiago Cortez, 29, a passenger in the Honda’s backseat, suffered blunt force injuries, and unfortunately died at the scene.

Accidents that result from drivers pulling out in front of traffic are sadly not uncommon. They can happen for many reasons. Sometimes the driver just doesn’t see another vehicle, especially with smaller vehicles like motorcycles. But in many cases, the driver simply forgot to look before pulling out, especially if they were at an intersection that rarely has much traffic. Distracted driving can also be a factor in these crashes—people may not see oncoming traffic if they are looking at a phone, eating, or turning to talk to passengers. Drivers are encouraged to minimize distractions as much as possible, thoroughly look both ways before making a turn, and concentrate on their driving.

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss. 

Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.

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