21-year-old Florence woman dies after crashing into a tree in Darlington County


DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) — Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a fatal collision in Darlington County Friday morning.

The single-car collision claimed the life of Candice Gatling, 21, of Florence. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Darlington County Coroner J Todd Hardee.

Around 2:31 a.m., troopers responded to the area of Ruby Road and Stonewall Street, one mile north of Hartsville, for calls of a crash, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol website.

A 2002 Nissan Altima was traveling North on Ruby Road when the vehicle went off the road to the right, striking a tree, according to Lance Corporal Tyler Tidwell with SCHP.

Gatling was the only person in the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt, according to Tidwell.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darlington County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Count on News13 for updates as we learn more.

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