Orangeburg wreck claims two Barnwell County lives

A Feb 17 fatal crash claimed the lives of two Barnwell County residents - a mother and daughter - on S.C. 70 in Orangeburg County.

Diane Bosier, 48, of Blackville, a passenger and Sherell Donaldson, 27, also of Blackville, the driver, were both airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

Bosier died Feb. 17 of blunt force trauma, Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said.

Donaldson died on Feb. 22 from injuries received in the crash.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Jamari Thompson, 17, was traveling northbound on S.C. 70 and attempting to pass another vehicle which was also traveling northbound.

Thompson's car struck Donaldson's car head-on causing Donaldson's to overturn after impact, said Lance Cpl. Joseph Robinson of the SCHP.

Thompson was driving a four-door 2007 Toyota Camry and was not wearing his seat belt, Robinson said.

Thompson was also airlifted to Palmetto Baptist, he said.

Donaldson was driving a 1996 Honda Accord. Both she and Bosier were wearing seat belts, Robinson said.

Bosier worked for Baxley's Pawn Shop in Barnwell for 15 years and was a member of the Together Sisters Club in Blackville.

"I've know a lot of people in my life, but I've never known a finer person," said Mike Baxley, the owner of Baxley's Pawn Shop said of Bosier. "You could not meet a better person."

As one of its founding members, Bosier was the public relations coordinator of the Together Sisters Club, said Janice Livingston.

"She was a dedicated, committed member for 37 years," she said. "She leaves a legacy of dedication. We need to take an example of her."

The club members made decisions during the meetings and Bosier carried out those decisions, Livingston said.

Livingston said Bosier leaves behind a 16-year-old daughter and Donaldson leaves behind three small children.

On the question of whether any charges are pending against Thompson and whether speed or alcohol played any part in the accident, Robinson said the accident is still under investigation.

Lance Cpl. Scott Edgeworth said the SCHP would also like to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash. Witnesses may call the SCHP toll-free number (800) 768-1507, extension 1 and ask for the Orangeburg County SCHP supervisor be paged.

"We are just looking for anyone who has any information," Edgeworth said.