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A Van Wyck woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on S.C. 5 (Rock Hill Highway) on Saturday, June 16.
Jamisala Gray, 42, of the 6400 block of Charlotte Highway, was hurt in the wreck.
S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of Steele Hill Road as Gray rode a 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle west on S.C. 5.
Elder said as Gray approached the intersection, Jason Graham of Rock Hill, driving east in a four-door Kia, tried to turn left in front of Gray onto Steele Hill Road.
Friends and witnesses said the impact threw Gray into the middle of S.C. 9, where she landed with the motorcycle on top of her.
The motorcycle then burst into flames.
Witnesses said a firefighter who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident pulled Gray from beneath the burning motorcycle.
Gray, who was not wearing a helmet, according to Elder, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C.
While CMC said Monday that Gray had been “treated and released,” Renee Heath, a friend of Gray’s who’d been riding with her just minutes before the accident, said Gray was airlifted from CMC to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Burn center officials confirmed Gray was there Tuesday morning, saying she was listed in critical condition.
Heath said Gray, a 16-year veteran motorcycle rider, suffered third-degree burns and other injuries. She said Gray was surrounded by family and friends.
“They’re monitoring her; she’s got bleeding on the brain, both knees are dislocated, both ankles broken and burns on one-third of her body,” Heath said. “She’s doing better, but she’s not out of the woods yet. They say the next 48 hours are critical.
“We are praying for her. She’s a strong girl,” Heath said. “If people would keep on praying, though.”
Graham was not hurt, Elder said.
Elder said the accident investigation is ongoing and as of yet no charges have been filed.
The accident backed up traffic on S.C. 5 for more than a mile as emergency crews worked the scene.