South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash

By REUTERS
June 24, 2018 05:15
1 minute read.
Breaking news

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent US Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday.

Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said.



Campaign spokesman Michael Mule said Arrington will definitely stay in the race for Congress.



"She's determined, if not more than ever, to get back on the trail," Mule told the Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston.



Tim Scott, a Republican US Senator from South Carolina, told the same newspaper, "There is no doubt she will make a strong recovery."



Arrington broke her back and several ribs, and sustained injuries that required her to undergo major surgery including the removal of a portion of her small intestine and part of her colon, her campaign said in a statement.



It said a main artery in one of Arrington's legs collapsed and that she will require additional surgery and will be hospitalized for two weeks.



Local media said the candidate's friend, Jacqueline Goff, 59, of Mandeville, Louisiana, was in critical condition.



The Charleston County coroner's office named the woman killed in the crash as Helen White, 69, of Ravenel, South Carolina.



Arrington, a state representative, defeated Sanford, who at times was critical of US President Donald Trump in a primary on June 13.



She made Sanford's criticism of Trump a theme of her campaign, and the president weighed into the race, tweeting hours before the polls closed that Sanford was "nothing but trouble" and "very unhelpful to me."



Trump tweeted on Saturday that his "thoughts and prayers are with Representative Katie Arrington of South Carolina, including all of those involved in last nights car accident, and their families."



Sanford said on Twitter his thoughts and prayers also went to "Arrington, her family and those involved in last night's automobile accident."



Arrington's Democratic opponent in the fall election, Joe Cunningham, said in a statement he and his wife were praying for Arrington and that he was suspending "all campaign activities until further notice."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 14, 2018
Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Russia's Kamchatka - USGS

By REUTERS