FLORENCE, S.C. -- One woman died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on East Palmetto Street at Kemp Street in Florence.
Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the victim as Marquita Denise Murrell, 26, of Florence. She died at the scene about 5 a.m. he said.
She and her wrecked SUV likely sat there for two hours after it ran off the right side of the road and into a tree before the crash was discovered, Lutcken said.
She was heading west on East Palmetto when her SUV ran off the right side of the road and into the tree, Lt. Tim Compton, Florence Police Department, said.
Florence Police and firefighters responded to the scene and had one lane of west-bound Palmetto Street closed from about 7 a.m. on, though traffic flowed well.
One of the questions investigators are looking into is where she was going at the time of the crash and where she came from, Lt. Tim Compton, Florence Police Department, said.
Compton said she lived on Elm Street in Florence.
Speed may have been a factor in the incident, Lutcken said.
Compton said traffic reconstructionists will use measurements and information about the vehicle to make a determination of her speed at the time of the crash.
There were no skid marks on the street and nothing to indicate she made any attempt to avoid the collision with the tree, he said. Why she made no move to avoid the crash will be another question the reconstruction team will have to answer.
The crash is being investigated by the Florence Police Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.
Lutcken said it would take a couple of weeks before toxicology test results are available and a final ruling on the death is made.