Chasity Putnam

Chasity Putnam

FOREST CITY — A woman was killed and another critically injured in a head-on crash.

Chasity Michele Putnam, 30, of Cliffside, was killed shortly before noon Monday when the 1995 Honda she was driving veered into the path of an oncoming 2000 Toyota pickup truck traveling southbound on Hudlow Road, according to Forest City police reports.

Putnam was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Morgan Nicole Keeter, 28, of Forest City, was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center, reports show.

Tommy Taylor, Putnam’s stepfather, said Putnam had earlier left her job as a convenience store clerk when she picked up Keeter and turned onto Hudlow Road near Old Wagy Road. Shortly afterward, she crossed the centerline.

Ricky Lancaster, 66, of Forest City, struck Putnam’s Honda, with the brunt of the impact crushing the driver’s front.

“The driver (Putnam) was pinned in the vehicle under the steering wheel and the dash of the vehicle,” the report stated. “The vehicle’s left front corner was pushed all the way into the driver’s side, resting on the driver’s body.”

The police officer’s report said it was obvious Putnam was dead as a result of her injuries.

Meanwhile, Keeter was pinned underneath the dash and airbag of the car. She was conscious, but had no recollection of how the crash happened, the report stated.

Taylor said a neighbor, Judy Martin, was among the first on the scene of the crash. He said she stated Keeter could be heard screaming from the wreckage. When she checked on Putnam, Martin said she was struggling to breath before succumbing to her injuries seconds later, Taylor added.

“She (Martin) said Chasity was trying to talk. She told her help was on the way and that the Lord is with her,” Taylor said. “She (Putnam) didn’t die by herself. The family thanks her (Martin) a lot for being there.”

Reports show Lancaster told police that he unsuccessfully attempted to swerve away from impact.

Taylor described his stepdaughter, who attended CHASE High School, as a lover of children.

“If she had a hobby, it was taking care of children,” he said. “And children loved her. She was a child magnet.”

Taylor called Putnam a caring person that began within her family.

“She was a real caring person, helping take care of her siblings while growing up,” Taylor said.