Engaged couple dies after car flips over near NC, SC line; toddler survives

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LANCASTER CO. — A man and his fiancée died, while a toddler survived, after a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning near the North Carolina, South Carolina line, according to authorities.

20-year-old Libby Hopkins and 22-year-old Zachary Lingle, both of Fort Lawn, S.C. (WSOC-TV)

20-year-old Libby Hopkins and 22-year-old Zachary Lingle, both of Fort Lawn, S.C. (WSOC-TV)

WSOC-TV reported that 20-year-old Libby Hopkins and 22-year-old Zachary Lingle, both of Fort Lawn, S.C., died in the crash Saturday morning in Lancaster County, S.C.

Medics responded to the scene on Riverside Drive in Lancaster around 10:40 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor heard the crash and called 911.

“I came running out of my garage and I saw the car flip over,” said Lynn Brunson. “My husband and I ran to help and that’s when he noticed a toddler in the back seat. He was strapped in his car seat and alert and able to tell us his name.”

Medics rushed the 2-year-old boy to an area hospital but pronounced his mother and her fiancé dead at the scene.

Investigators said Hopkins was driving north on Riverside Drive and lost control of the car, running off the road and hitting a culvert.

Authorities said the car flipped on its top. Neither of the victims had seatbelts on, according to investigators.

A relative told WSOC-TV that the couple got engaged just six months ago. The crash remains under investigation.