Woman killed in crash involving Katie Arrington had trouble seeing at night


The son of 69-year-old Helen White, Samuel,  told deputies on-scene last Friday that his mother had trouble seeing at night after she died in a crash that injured GOP congressional candidate Katie Arrington.

The revelation came in the full crash report released by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday afternoon. The first deputies who arrived on-scene found White's silver Pontiac Bonneville with heavy damage along with Hyundai Elantra driven by Jaqueline Goff on the right shoulder also with heavy front-end damage. 

Another vehicle stopped to tell deputies they were going south on Savannah Highway when White's car ran them off the road going the wrong way, the report stated. Samuel White also told deputies his mother had just left another family residence on Taylor Road and was headed home, the report stated. 

The sheriff's office had previously revealed Monday that White was involved in a hit-and-run accident minutes before her fatal accident involving Arrington.

Investigators think White struck a vehicle while turning right from Highway 174 onto Highway 17. No injuries were reported in the hit-and-run crash. Antonio said White did not stop for the collision and continued northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 17.

At approximately 9 p.m., investigators say White's car was still traveling north in the southbound lanes of Highway 17, when she struck a car driven by Jacqueline Goff, a friend of Arrington. Arrington was a passenger in that vehicle. White died in the crash and Arrington and Goff were transported to MUSC with critical injuries.

Deputies were dispatched to the hit and run just before they were notified about the fatal crash further up Highway 17.

White's son, Samuel, said Saturday he lives four doors down from his mother's home in Ravenel and less than a mile from the crash scene. He said he would miss his mother, describing the last time he spoke to her, which was earlier on the day of the crash.

"She called and said, 'Where you at?' I said, 'I'm in West Ashley. I'll be home in a little bit,'" White said. "She said, 'Baby, I love you,' and that was the last time I talked to her."

White was expected to undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of her death. Deputies say they did not have an indication of the presence of alcoholic beverage in either White's car or Goff's car.

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