28-year old Emily Austin, daughter of former WTSP 10 News anchor Marty
Matthews, was killed on Christmas eve when the car driven by her father
crashed into trees along the interstate highway in South Carolina while
on a holiday jaunt to visit her brother in North Carolina.
Emily was in the back seat and wearing a seat belt at the time of the
auto accident. Heavy rain was occurring at the time of the accident. News anchor Marty
Matthews was not injured in a South Carolina crash, while her husband
was taken to the local hospital with serious injuries.
According to WTSP, Edward Austin, 66, lost control of the vehicle in the
heavy rain, veered right and crashed into trees around 12:20 p.m. on Interstate
95 in Colleton County, South Carolina. At last check he remains in the
Medical University of South Carolina in critical condition.
According to the 10 News website, Marty Austin, aka Marty Matthews, had
“won numerous awards for her dedication and commitment to WTSP’s
Wednesday’s Child segment” which featured foster children
in need of adoption. She spent more then 15 years at the network before
leaving in 2009.
It's difficult enough to drive at high speed on multi-lane interstate
highways, but driving in heavy rain can be a scary thing all by itself.
When you drive in the rain your visibility is reduced making it difficult
to see slow moving vehicles in front of you and fast approaching vehicles
behind you. In addition, heavy rains give a feeling of "hydroplaning",
which we have all at one point felt. It’s that terrifying feeling
and heard the sound of water pounding the inside of our car's tire
wells as we hit a deeper stretch of puddle on the highway.
ten things you can do to drive more safely when heavy rains impede your optimal driving ability, and now might be
a good time to review them. Please visit the website and brush up on your
hazardous driving skills before it's too late.
If you or someone you live has died or been injured in an auto accident
that occurred in a rainstorm, please contact our office at 561-444-4440
for a free consultation to find out if you have a personal injury claim
against the defendant’s automobile insurance provider.