SC woman dies in Wednesday vehicle crash near Rowland

Staff report

LUMBERTON — A 33-year-old South Carolina woman died Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash about 8.6 miles from Rowland, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 9:36 p.m. on Elise Road, said Sgt. H.P. Locklear, of the State Highway Patrol.

Melinda Sue Wallace, of 100 Collins St. in McColl, South Carolina, died after the 2010 Chevrolet passenger car she was driving failed to stop at a stop sign on Elise Road, he said. The vehicle continued straight ahead and struck a ditch.

The vehicle came to rest on the west side of Steed Road, Locklear said.

Wallace was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital and died there of her injuries. Her passenger, 34-year-old Chris Crabtree, of the same address, was not injured in the wreck.

According to the crash report, alcohol is suspected to be a factor, Locklear said. Test results to determine impairment are pending.

Locklear said the two were not wearing seat belts and were not ejected from the vehicle.

“The speed limit in that area is 55 (mph),” he said.

Wallace was traveling the speed limit, according to Locklear.

“There was no excessive speeding,” he said.

According to the incident report, the estimated speed of the vehicle’s impact with the ditch is 40 mph, the sergeant said.