Winnsboro mother and son die in crash on I-77

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – A Winnsboro woman and her 2-year-old son lost their lives New Year’s Eve in a crash on I-77.

Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill identified the woman as Ashley Hawkins of Winnsboro. Hawkins was the driver of the vehicle.

According to Hill, the accident occurred at about 11:45 p.m., Dec. 31. The vehicle was traveling north on Interstate 77 near Exit 32 when it went off the right shoulder of the highway and then over corrected, striking several trees. The vehicle then overturned ejecting Mekia Simmons, age 2, who was identified as the son of the deceased.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for this week in Newberry.

No further information about the accident is available at this time.

The Fairfield County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol continue to investigate this accident.


  1. Ashley was a very sweet young lady❤️😢She was so bright and cheerful, even if you were mad! She still would say ! Yes ma’am. Ashley rest and and have sweet dreams with your son ❤️❤️

  2. Michael moss says

    Ashley was so sweet nice always have a smile on her face I first met her call me big Mike I know the hold family in her other to sisters mother rip and father the nicest family.. I married her first cousin.. Ashley in her sisters was in my wedding.. r.i.p Ashley and your son ❤❤

  3. Angela Williams says

    Wow! How this still have me so speechless. I met Ashley in the complex that I live in and like what everyone else had to say about her, sweet, kind with a heart of gold. Very polite young lady. Ashley you will truly be missed. May your son and your soul rest in peace.Amen

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