Highway Patrol looking for van that contributed to wrecks


The SC Highway Patrol is looking for a Honda van that they believe may have been the cause of an accident on Hwy. 29 Wednesday evening. Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol said that investigators are looking for a 2004 Honda Odyssey van that witnesses said caused a head-on collision Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

According to reports, the van was headed southbound when it veered left of the centerline causing a northbound Ford F-250 truck driven by Dirk Rinz, 53, of Davison, Mich. off the right side of the road.

Rinz overcorrected and crossed the centerline striking a 2009 Jeep SUV driving by Serah Robinson, 25 head on. Robinson and two small children were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. A witness chased the Honda van and gave information about it to the Highway Patrol.

As the accident was being cleaned up by emergency personnel, a second accident occurred at 8:52 p.m.

According to reports, a 1993 Chevy Blazer driven by Gage Govero, 21, of Gray Court was stopped in the southbound land by emergency workers. A 2006 Toyota sedan driven by Donna Woodward, 48, of Williamston ran into the back of the Blazer.

Govero was taken to AnMed Health Center in Anderson while Woodward and two young passengers were sent to Greenville Memorial hospital.

Jones and Woodward were ticked for driving too fast for conditions, according to the SC Highway Patrol.

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Three injured – Hwy. 29
Four injured – Hwy. 29