Sunday, April 26, 2015

Car engulfed in flames after accident on Lake Swamp Rd in Timmonsville on 4-25-2015

UPDATE: May 7, 2015 at 4:00pm

Daryll Lee celebration of life at Spaulding Middle School Gymnasium on May 6, 2015. It is estimated over 1,000 were in attendance. Click Image for a larger view.

The packed parking lot at the Daryll Lee celebration of life ceremony on May 6, 2015.  Click Image for a larger view.

UPDATE: May 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Daryll Lamont Lee Obituary

LAMAR -- Funeral service for Mr. Daryll Lamont Lee will be 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Spaulding Middle School Gymnasium (400 East Cartersville Highway - Lamar, SC 29069). Elder George McElveen, officiating. Burial will follow in Salvation Temple Holiness Church Cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Lee died Friday, May 1st in a Georgia hospital due to injuries from an auto accident. He was born in Darlington County a son of Ray and Dianne Lee Wright. He was a graduate of Lamar High School and attended Salvation Temple Holiness Church. He was employed at Talley Metals Technology Inc. of McBee. 

Survivors include: his wife, Kimberlisa Dubose Lee; a son, Devin Lee; two daughters, Diajaih Lee and Jasmine Davis; his parents: Ray and Dianne Lee Wright; one sister, Aja J. Wright; his mother-in-law, Janice Dubose; aunts, uncles, a nephew; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Dubose. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kirsten Lee.

The family is receiving friends at the home of his parents of 103 South Darlington Street, Lamar.

UPDATE: May 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

It is with a heavy heart we report that Daryll Lee passed away this morning, Friday, May 1st in Augusta, Georgia. Please pray for his family at this time. 

UPDATE: May 1, 2015 at 12:48 am

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UPDATE: April 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Daryll Lee
Daryll Lee
We learned today that the driver of the car in the Saturday accident was Daryll Lee of the Syracuse community in Darlington County.  Daryll was transported to the Augusta Burn Center where he had his first surgery today (4/27), the first of many more surgeries to come. He received burns over 55% of his body but his condition is stable and his family continues to covet your prayers. 


 Original post below as told to us by the person who stopped to help Daryll.

  TIMMONSVILLE, SC - It's Saturday, April 25, 2015 at around 9:00 at night. You've had a long day at work and you are heading home.

Suddenly up ahead, you see bright lights. You are sure that an oncoming car has crossed the center line and is headed toward you. It has indeed crossed the center line and then goes on into the the woods crashing in between two trees.

As you pass by a fire begins to blaze. You dial 911 and tell them to hurry. There is a wreck on Lake Swamp Rd. The car is burning and the driver is still inside.

Quickly, you turn your truck around. Grabbing your flashlight, you run to the burning car. You wonder, "Are the passengers conscious and what can I do?"

Then you hear the screaming. As you beat the back window out of the blazing inferno, you hear the voice of a man begging for help, but the blaze is so hot you cannot enter the car. The heat pushes you back. Your heart races as you yell, "Help is on the way...but you must try, you must get yourself out, you can do it, come can do it!"

You watch helplessly as the poor man frantically fights at the fire, even pulling the headliner down as he thrashes and beats at the flames. Finally, he is able to crawl out of the drivers side window. The fire licks all around him.

His clothing is on fire as he crawls away from the burning car. You encourage him to drop and roll and he does. He crawls away from the intense heat and collapses at the edge of the field. His skin is already blistered. You know he is seriously injured. You ask, "Are you traveling alone?" and he answers, "Yes."

You tell him, "Hang on, help is on the way!" The man is badly burned. Your heart sinks as time stands still while you wait for the help of the EMS ambulance to arrive. You hear the sirens coming. Darlington County Sheriff, EMS, Lake Swamp Fire trucks, they all arrive. They swiftly and bravely do their jobs.

You help the paramedics remove the burned clothing and place the man on the stretcher for transport to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. They work 10 minutes to get him stabilized before leaving with sirens blaring. It feels like an eternity has passed.

The firemen fight the fire and the sheriff's deputies block the road to protect the traveling community and the firemen as they work.

You take a deep breath and then you realize a few seconds less at the gas station and you could have been head-on in his path. A few seconds more and no one would have been there in time to help. You don't know his name, but you know this man is headed to Augusta or some other big burn center.

You say a prayer for him and thank God for protecting you. You look down and for the first time realize your right hand is bleeding. You wipe it and hold pressure on it as you head home to your little family, thankful you are alive.

Location of crash scene.

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