CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) –
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office says a Ravenel woman died in the crash that critically injured GOP Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington and another woman Friday night.
Helen White, 69, died in the crash, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Bobby Jo O’Neal. The cause of White’s death was pending an autopsy.
Katie Arrington and her friend, Jacqueline Goff, were headed south along Highway 17 when their vehicle was struck by a vehicle driving in the wrong direction in the same lane, Charleston County Sheriff’s Capt. Roger Antonio said.
Arrington and Goff were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, he said.
Arrington was out of surgery at MUSC Saturday morning, her campaign manager, Michael Mulé said.
Arrington remains in critical but stable condition and is scheduled to undergo another major surgical procedure Sunday morning, Mulé said.
On Saturday morning, this statement was posted to Arrington’s campaign Facebook page detailing her injuries:
“Last night, Katie Arrington and her friend were traveling to Hilton Head, where Katie was scheduled to receive an award from a state medical organization this morning. Katie was the passenger in the car traveling southbound on Highway 17, when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction – northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 17 – struck the vehicle containing Katie and her friend.
Katie sustained a fracture in her back and several broken ribs, as well as injuries that required Katie to undergo major surgery including the removal of a portion of her small intestine and a portion of her colon. Additionally, the main artery in her legs has a partial collapse and will require a stint. Additional surgeries will be required including one likely today; and it is likely that Katie will remain hospitalized for the next two weeks.
Family are asking for Prayers for the deceased and her family members and katie and her friend.
Update: critically injured GOP Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington has just undergone second emergency surgery