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Clinton couple killed in moped accident

Aaron Bates, left, and Brittney Redd (Facebook photo)

A Clinton couple traveling on Torrington Road on a moped were killed in a traffic accident Wednesday evening.

Aaron Bates, 34, and Brittney Redd, 31, both of Summit Street in Clinton, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just after 6:30 p.m.. Both died of multiple blunt-force trauma said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the moped was traveling west on Torrington Road when it was struck by a 2012 Nissan automobile, which was also traveling westbound on Torrington Road near Piedmont Avenue in Clinton.

Neither of the victims was wearing a helmet, said SCHP Cpl. Justin Sutherland.

Sutherland said the accident is still under investigation, but no charges have been filed.

According to Redd’s Facebook page, she was a 2006 graduate of Clinton High School and worked at Senor Garcia’s restaurant in Clinton. Bates was a graduate of Clinton High School.

The deaths are the first two traffic-related fatalities in Laurens County this year. Last year, the county recorded traffic- or vehicle-related 35 fatalities, according to 2018 statistics released from the coroner’s office.

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