SCHP Investigates as Sept. Crash Turns Fatal

RIDGEWAY – A Ridgeway woman injured in a three-car collision two weeks ago succumbed to her wounds Oct. 4 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. The Fairfield County Coroner’s Office said 80-year-old Barbara Luke, of 73 Riding Ridge Road, was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Oct. 4. She had been a passenger in a 2000 Ford four-door sedan that was rear-ended on Sept. 24 just outside of Ridgeway.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Luke was riding with Jaisen Zentz, 33, also of Ridgeway, on Highway 21 approximately 1.5 miles south of Ridgeway. Zentz slowed the Ford to turn left onto Reeds Lane and was struck from behind by a 2006 Ford SUV driven by 18-year-old Aaron Arnold of Blythewood at approximately 12:37 p.m. Zentz’s Ford was forced across Highway 21 where it struck a 2006 Mercedes four-door driven by Ridgeway resident John Geiger, 66. All were wearing seat belts and were transported by ambulance to Palmetto Richland.

The Highway Patrol said the accident remains under investigation.

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