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Highway 278 crash near Buck Island Rd. claims lives of woman, unborn child

Jesse Floyd (Source: Facebook) Jesse Floyd (Source: Facebook)
(Source: Bluffton Police Department) (Source: Bluffton Police Department)

Investigators with the Bluffton Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to look into a deadly crash that happened Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 278 and Buck Island Road. 

Police say the lives of 27-year-old Jesse Floyd and her unborn child were taken in the wreck. Floyd was a passenger in the SUV that hit a vehicle driven by Aaron Johnson around 2:45 p.m. She died late Tuesday night as a result of her injuries. The driver of the SUV, Ryan Floyd, sustained head lacerations and a broken ankle. 

On Wednesday, investigators are piecing together the evidence collected at the scene to determine speed, point of impact, and cause. Right now, officials say it appears to be an accident, as it is believed Johnson's car experienced mechanical problems while crossing the eastbound lanes of Highway 278. Once the car stalled, there wasn't enough time for the SUV or the van, which were both traveling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 278, to slow down before hitting Johnson. Johnson and the driver of the van sustained minor injuries. 

'This is a tragic accident that took two lives and impacted several others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those affected by this tragedy," Bluffton Police Chief Joe Manning said in a release. 

Floyd was currently a teacher with the Beaufort County School District, set to start this year at Hilton Head Elementary. Before being rehired by the district, she spent the last year at Royal Live Oaks Academy, making a difference in the Jasper County community. 

"The passenger in the SUV that ran into the back of the car that stalled away did pass away as a result of her injuries. She died, as well as her unborn child. The husband sustained head and face lacerations as well as a broken ankle, but he is supposed to recover," said Joy Nelson, Bluffton Police Department. 

Floyd was the literacy coach at Royal Live Oaks Academy and most recently helped the school receive a $500 donation for new dictionaries. 

The Beaufort County Superintendent released a statement, saying, 'She was a terrific young teacher with a bright future. This is a great, great loss to her family and friends, and to the school districts as well. Our prayers go out to everyone who loved her.'

Any charges, if any, will be determined at a later date. 

Eastbound lanes of Highway 278 at Buck Island Road were closed for several hours after the crash. 

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