Mullins man killed, passenger airlifted after single-vehicle crash

MULLINS, SC (WBTW) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed at least one person Thursday night.

Cpl. Sonny Collins says the accident happened just after 8 p.m. on US-76 near Old Stage Road, east of Mullins.

Cpl. Collins says the driver of a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee ran off the right side of the road, hit a ditch and overturned. The driver died and a passenger was airlifted to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence with injuries.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson identified the victim as Gerald Lee Cooper, 34, of Mullins. Cpl. Collins says the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

The passenger’s condition was not immediately known.

The crash remains under investigation.