Local Woman Recounts Carjacking

The scene of the crime on Highway 170.
The scene of the crime on Highway 170.

A Beaufort County woman on her way home from Savannah says she was forced out of her car with a gun to her head.  Kiwanda Tolbert escaped the ordeal without any injuries but it really traumatized her. She's hoping by sharing her experience, it won't happen again to someone else.

It was on Highway 170 in Jasper County late Sunday night when Tolbert says she saw her life flash before her eyes while driving back home.

"The car swerved and I slammed on the brakes, they slammed on their brakes in front of me," she recalled.

That's when Tolbert says two men jumped out of their car and shot a gun into the air. "They came and put the gun to my head and told me to get out or they were going to kill me."

She says they took everything out of her pockets and made her lay down in the grass. "I was laying with my face in the dirt with my head up like this and he was like, 'Why shouldn't I kill you?' I said, 'Please don't kill me.'"

That's when she says the carjackers jumped into her car and sped off back toward Savannah. "At that moment I didn't think I would see today. I had the lighter in my hands like this, waiving my hands and the cars were just driving past me."

After no one stopped to help, Tolbert walked to the nearest house to call for help.

Although Tolbert lived to tell this horrifying story, she says it will haunt her for the rest of her life. "I can't eat, sleep, I'm constantly thinking about it. All I can see is that gun and hear that gunshot."

Tolbert tells us she is still trying to get over this incident and warns other drivers to be careful along that stretch of road.

Police did find Tolbert's vandalized car in a ditch in Savannah. But police are still looking for the three men who did this Sunday night. If you have any information, call the Jasper County Sheriff's Office at 843.726.7777.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com