Belton teen charged in deadly wreck in Abbeville Co.

ABBEVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Troopers say a 16-year-old boy is facing charges after a passenger in the pickup truck he was driving died in a crash.

Corporal Bill Rhyne with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on John Gray Road near Keowee Road.

The Belton teen and a passenger were headed east on John Gray Road when the driver ran off the left side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned, Rhyne said.

The passenger was ejected from the pickup truck and died at the scene, Rhyne said.

The Abbeville County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 17-year-old Tyler Ferguson of Belton,

Troopers say neither the driver, nor the passenger were wearing seat belts.

The driver was not reportedly injured.

Rhyne said the driver has been charged with felony DUI involving death and other charges, including operating an uninsured vehicle.

Authorities have not released his name since he’s a juvenile.

Rhyne said the suspect was released to the custody of his parents.

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