Kingstree High School girls basketball coach killed in crash

Scene of car crash that killed Sonya Burgess/ Andrew Prue

Sonya Burgess, the head coach for the Kingstree High School girls basketball team, was killed in a car crash Monday night according to Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison McKnight.

The crash that happened at 6:32 p.m. on Highway 52 near Cades Road in the Cades community of Williamsburg County at the intersection of Highway 52 and Cades Crossroads.

Highway Patrol believes two cars were involved in the crash and both left the scene.

Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant says troopers believe a car pulled out of a gas station and headed north in the southbound lane of Highway 52, and that Burgess, traveling in that lane, swerved to avoid a head-on collision.

Burgess then overcorrected and flipped the 1999 Ford Expedition, said Wyant.

Burgess was able to get out of the SUV and was on the roadway when a second vehicle hit Burgess as she was in the roadway, said Wyant.

That second unknown vehicle also left the scene, said Wyant.

The MAIT Team is investigating to come up with descriptions of those vehicles.

Burgess was driving the car with three children inside. The children were taken to Williamsburg Regional Hospital. Their conditions have not been released, but Highway Patrol says they are expected to be okay.

Earlier on Tuesday, South Carolina Highway Patrol released a picture of a woman and a picture of a white Chevrolet Impala and said troopers wanted to talk with the woman, because she may have been in the area of the crash. As of 10pm Tuesday, Lance Corporal Sonny Collins told WPDE NewsChannel 15 the woman has been identified.

They are questioning her to see if she knows anything about the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 843-661-4700.

According to the Kingstree High School website, Burgess, 39, was the science department chair. She was also the high school's athletic director and varsity girls basketball and volleyball coach.

The Kingstree girls basketball team advanced to the 2A state quarterfinals Friday night with an overtime win against Mullins. They played at Lake City Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The team wanted to play, because that is what their coach would want them to do.

'"They met this morning and they decided they would be playing this afternoon in memory of their coach. And they would draw from strength and the committment that she taught them to go beyond and beat the odds," said Bonnie King with the Williamsburg County School District.

The team won the game Tuesday night .Read more about that here.

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