Alcohol Suspected in Fatal Crash

WINNSBORO – A Ridgeway man was killed Saturday night in a single-vehicle crash on Reservoir Road, and the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office said speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the fatality.

Barkley Ramsey, Fairfield County Coroner, said Willie Franklin Sanders, 59, of 294 Inspiration Drive in Ridgeway, was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, where he had been transported by ambulance following the wreck.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Sanders was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer west on Reservoir Road Saturday evening. Around 9:25 p.m., as he was 4 miles west of Winnsboro, Sanders ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected, crossed back over Reservoir Road and ran off the left side of the road where he struck several trees. The Trailblazer overturned, ejecting Sanders from the vehicle. Sanders was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, the Highway Patrol said.