Wendy Summer Matheny, 14, of Cleveland, S.C., was killed in the accident, according to Chesterfield County Coroner Donnie Baker. Baker said Matheny was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma to the head.
According to Lance Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the four teens were traveling east on Midway Road around 7:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Matheny was riding in a 2001 Mitsubishi that was struck by a 2001 Chevy Blazer traveling behind it. The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 17-year-old from Cheraw, failed to yield right-of-way while trying to make a U-turn and was struck in the driver's side door by the Blazer.
For more of this story see the July 31, 2003 edition of the Chronicle or Advertiser.