Darryl Ables Obituary, Death – A cloud of sorrow hangs heavy over Aiken County as authorities from the Coroner’s Office launch an investigation into a heart-wrenching hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a woman.
The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning, at approximately 6:47 am, in the 4000 block of Storm Branch Road near Silver Bluff Road. The details surrounding this devastating event are still being uncovered as investigators tirelessly work to piece together the puzzle of this senseless tragedy.
Sadly, the victim has been identified as 91-year-old Josephine Smiley, a beloved member of the community. Her sudden passing has left family, friends, and neighbors stricken with grief and grappling with an overwhelming sense of loss. Upon arrival at the scene, medical professionals from the Coroner’s Office pronounced Ms. Smiley deceased.
In order to ascertain the exact cause and circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, an autopsy will be performed on Ms. Smiley’s remains on Tuesday. The Aiken County Coroner’s Office, in collaboration with the South Carolina Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, remains fully committed to conducting a thorough investigation to bring justice to the grieving family and ensure that no stone is left unturned.
As the community mourns this devastating loss, we stand together in solidarity, seeking answers and closure. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Josephine Smiley during this profoundly difficult time. May her soul find eternal peace, and may justice be served.