Passenger Killed in Head-on Crash on I-95

South Carolina (November 27, 2011)  A woman was seriously injured and her passenger killed in a head-on crash on I-95 in Clarendon County.  The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 at mile marker 114.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Marc Pietrow, 22, was traveling south on I-95 in a 2000 Jeep when his vehicle went off the left side of the road, struck several trees, crossed the center median, and collided head-on with a Dodge Durango.  Amy Lombardo, the driver of the Durango, and a passenger were traveling north when the Jeep slammed head-on into their vehicle.

Marc Pietrow, of Hamilton, N.J., was seriously injured and airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital.

Amy Lombardo, 45, of Cocoa, Fl., and her passenger were transported to Clarendon County ER and then transferred to Palmetto Richland Hospital.  Authorities report Lombardo’s passenger, her 20-year-old son Anthony Vincent Mirabito, died at Palmetto Richland Hospital.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol state that everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the fatal accident

32 Thoughts on “Passenger Killed in Head-on Crash on I-95

  1. Farissa Elvis on November 28, 2011 at 9:48 am said:

    I was two seconds away from being a part of this accident. I was able to swerve around the durango before i t-boned it right before it hit the Jeep. i also had to swerve around the Jeep as it ricocheted towards my car again and the durango flipped around.

    My prayers to the individuals and their families. I was truly shook by this accident and the images will NEVER leave my memory bank.

  2. joanne crespo on November 29, 2011 at 11:09 am said:

    My sister Amy and her son Anthony were on thier way to visit her husbands family for the holidays. Her husband Rob passed away a month ago from an enlarged heart. She took care of him until the day he died and now she has to bury her only child due to someone elses stupidity !!!! My nephew was a wonderful sweet loving kid who wanted to go to culonary school and become a chef. My sister and her son were very close and how do you recover from the loss of a child. She is recovering from a compound fracture of her ankle after 2 surgeries. I hope the person driving the other vehicle realizes how much heartache and pain he has caused our family our lives will never be the same !!!

    • New Jersey on November 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm said:

      Before you call someone stupid, you should know the facts. It was an accident and he is a very close friend of mine. It’s awful that she just lost her husband, but it was a complete accident and of course he is upset about it.

      • joanne crespo on November 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm said:

        Did he fall asleep ? Was he talking on his cell phone ? Did he lose a child ? And yes it is stupidity if your that tired pull over. If you need to make a call pull over. And he should feel guilty HE KILLED SOMEONE !!!! My nephew will never be able to get married or have children or live his life oh but your friend sure will wont he !!!

      • Heartbroken on November 30, 2011 at 12:34 am said:

        Hey Jersey, what are HIS facts? What caused him to lose control of his vehicle? This is horrific and tragic no matter how you look at it. I pray your friend was NOT texting, talking on the phone, or drunk or high. It is bad enough if he fell asleep at the wheel, but if it were any of the others I can’t even go there. It’s nice you want to stick up for your friend, but here is a REAL fact for you. You have no idea how insensitive you are being. You are speaking to my cousin”s SISTER. I have no idea the condition of your friend & I certainly don’t wish him ill, but now he is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. To say it’s awful she just lost her husband???? She lost her husband to young, and in a month’s time now has lost her only child. Your post sounds incredibly insensitive and cruel at a horrible time. May you NEVER EVER know the pain this family is in – but if you do, I hope you remember how immature you were here. Because then MAYBE you will understand where we are coming from.

    • After reading all of your comments, its plain to see that you aren’t in your right frame of mind. Walk away from the computer and give it a rest.

  3. Nicole ouellette on November 30, 2011 at 1:55 am said:

    Hey jersey nothing personal but screw u. What possible excuse could this kid have…..Amy will never hug her son again…she will never have a long conversation…….she will never have grandbabies to spoil…… You friend is still breathing and I hope until he takes his last breath he never forgets the name ANTHONY because we never will. Also every time he hugs his mother I hope he thinks of AMY and just how lucky his mother is that she has a son to hug.

  4. Heartbroken on November 30, 2011 at 9:46 am said:

    Well said Nicole!

  5. Nicholas Andrews on November 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm said:

    I was greatly disappointed to see the comments that were left after Farissa Elvis first spoke.

    If you were in the know, you would have already acknowledged that Marc wasn’t texting and he wasn’t under the influence of any type of substance. He accidentally fell asleep at the wheel.

    You ask what excuse could ‘this kid’ possibly have? Well, I guess his excuse would be that he too was visiting his family. Not necessarily for the holidays, but because he selflessly chose to give up four prime years of his life, family, and friends to become a marine and serve for of our country, including all of the above posters.

    Taking the ramifications of the situation into consideration, I’d be a little ambivalent to leave these puerile remarks that I see posted above, but it looks like I’m in the minority here. I’d like to think that we could understand that all parties involved were very seriously affected.

    Remorse, sorrow, regret, and pain are all emotions that Marc will surely experience for a very, very long period of time – not because the above posters demanded that he suffer, but because Marc is an amazing, benevolent person who couldn’t have possibly fathomed that this scenario could truly take place.

    Nothing could possibly be said to help alleviate the emotional and physical pain that Mrs. Lombardo is undoubtedly experiencing. All I can say is that we are all very sorry and very remorseful for what has happened; I can assure you that. In no way would Marc or any one else close to him even consider to downplay the severity of what happened to Mrs. Lombardo and her son. This is an absolutely tragic, unimaginable sequence of events for everybody involved, directly or indirectly.

    • joanne crespo on November 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm said:

      But why didnt he pull over if he was so tired i just cant understand why he would continue to drive. He put so many lives at risk. And we have the RIGHT to post what we want because we are the ones who are suffering at the loss of a loved one and if u dont like it then dont read our posts!!!! Yes im extremely angry because my sister has lost so much and she is also a loving caring person who loves to travel with her son and he was her rock when her husband died and your so called friend took everything away from her all because he wanted to get home. Well i guess while hes on his way home we will be burying my nephew and my sister will have to look in his room and see all his things and know he will never be there again. And yes i know it was an accident but the point of the matter is the fact that it could have been avoided !!! We have many friends in the service and they feel the same way we do!!!

    • joanne crespo on November 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm said:

      i can see how much he cares with the remarks you make about how our posts about how much we loved anthony were according to you perilous and ambivolent. Oh wait but he’s the better person according to you right ? hhmmm

      • Stop the bickering back and forth, it’s not helping anyone. Celebrate and mourn his loss. Support Amy. Give yourself a hug because you have lost a special person, also. This could happen to anyone of us Joanne, be careful what you say. No one person gets in their car feeling tired and expects to make a 600 mile trip. Now go and grieve with your family, because this IS NOT helping Amy.a

  6. Marc is a pillar of society. He is a good person who never did anything against the law. Marc’s family is one of the nicest and respected, who brought up their child to be a good person. They are extremely devastated by what has happened. It was a tragic accident.

    • to friend on December 1, 2011 at 7:15 am said:

      he just did something against the law!! Driving while tired is against the law and I hope they throw the book at him. Oh that’s right he’s a service man, well there are good and bad decisions made by all people service or not!

      • Driving while tired is currently illegal only in one state, New Jersey. They should throw the book at you, a law book at that.

        • It is against the law in more than one state, look it up. I understand accidents happen, but driving tired is against the law. Marine or not, he made a mistake and lives were lost. I feel for him having to live with that forever. I wish he’d pulled over to nap. I also see the pain the family is going through losing a family member so close to another loss. The whole thing is heartbreaking on all sides.

        • To friend on December 3, 2011 at 6:12 am said:

          He was from new jersey, what does he think? Oh I’m leaving jersey so now it’s ok that I drive tired cause I’m not breaking the law anymore? Great “pillar of society”

  7. Heartbroken on December 1, 2011 at 12:16 am said:

    PLEASE! Everyone – this is not, NOT helping ANYONE. This is tragic all the way around. Marc may be a terrific wonderful guy, but he made the mistake of driving when he was too tired and shouldn’t have been. Yes this is going to affect him for the rest of his life probably, and as tragic as that is – it cannot compare to what Amy and our family is going through. But we should not be going there, we should NOT be comparing who is going to suffer more, and we should NOT keep this going back and forth because it is not helping anyone. To Marc’s friends – can you not understand that Joanne’s pain is too raw and fresh right now and back the hell off her? Amy has gone from being a wife and mother to be being alone in one month’s time. This family has suffered a double tragedy in that short amount of time and the pain is unimaginable. Have a little compassion, let the woman vent whether you agree or not and stop throwing salt on her wounds.

  8. joanne crespo on December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm said:

    In the end it was an accident that could have been avoided and he has to live with the fact that he killed someone and we have to live with the loss of my nephew Anthony. My sister Amy came home today and held his baby socks and cried. Nothing we say can bring him back but it saddens me so much to know that this tragedy could have been avoided.

  9. Haveseenitoften on December 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm said:

    OK first there is absolutely no point in arguing anything here, not especially with a bereaved family. No matter what you say you just are not going to be able to say anything that will help. I have seen MANY of these same types of accidents in my career, and yes that is what I do I investigate the cause, evaluate the extent of the injury. I am not an insurance adjuster but in Public Safety. To the family of the young man who lost his life, I am sorry. Yes there is a void that will never be replaced. To the youngman who was in the OTHER vehicle, I pray for healing in all aspects…and yes he WILL live this for the rest of his life, while families do eventually heal, and emotionally get better, the pepole actually involved are the ones who will never heal Marc will have a rough time himself.

    While it is certainly normal to point blame and lash out, it is wel known that while driving your body doesn’t always react to fatigue and you just “nod” out, without any prior warning. I doubt any charges will be filed against Marc, and they should NOT, he already has a life sentence now as well….

  10. Yakamashii on December 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm said:

    I heard about all of the comments on here at work. Yes, we have lost a loved one, and yes, it is one of the hardest things any one will ever go through; but, you have to think of the one who was lost.

    I have known him for how many years now, and I honestly think that he would be the last one to point fingers and put blame.

    He was one of a handfull of people that I know that may raise his voice, but never really get mad at someone for whatever they did.

    No one should be putting blame or pointing fingers at anyone.

    The way my family is,
    we celebrate our loved ones lives, rather then morne it, it is hard to think about and do, and it doesn’t really get easier with time, but, it’s what HE would have wanted us to do, bc he was such a nice, and caring person.

    He wouldn’t want us all to mourne his loss of life, he would want us to celebrate his life and live ours.

    I’m sorry for the loss of such a young and sweet person.. but to take things out on the person to “blame” is the last thing that he would want us to do..

    I know for a fact that Anthony will be missed by his family and friends.

  11. joanne crespo on December 3, 2011 at 1:28 am said:

    Im sorry but ive known him since the day he was born and i will point my finger at the one who is to blame. A blown tire or a swerve i can understand but falling asleep nope sorry cant understand it. Pull into a rest area, take a walk or a nap and we would still have Anthony. Funeral is today we cant even have an open casket due to the person you do not want fingers pointed at.

    • Melanie Spring on December 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm said:

      Joanne, certainly you’ve heard the old saying, “when you point the finger, remember that there are three pointing back at you”. This could happen to anyone of us. I don’t know either one of the young men, and I can feel for both families. Dig deep, get on your face and pray for both sides. It’s never anyone’s intention to get behind the wheel and fall asleep and cause a death. He may not have been tired when he started his trip. Sad, but true we all have a time and date on our heads and some exits into our demise are much worse than others. I’ll be praying for all of the families and friends that have been touched by such a horrific event.

  12. I truly believe that you wouldn’t feel any less hurt , sad or pissed off if it happened because of a blown out tire or a swerve. You would blame him for not having his tires checked before he took the trip or say he didn’t have control of his car because he swerved. It’s a tragic horrific event that none of us plan for or expect to happen on either side of the fence. Don’t get wrapped up in blaming or pointing a finger, just mourn the loss of a terrific young man and be there for his mother. It sounds like she’s going to need the support of the village. I’m praying for her and the Marine who will spend a very long time recovering from something he never intended to happen. He will no doubt be remorseful for the rest of his life, as he should be for perhaps not being rested before he took the trip.

    • grieving mom on December 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm said:

      I recently lost my 27 yr old son to a tragic car accident. Both he and his passenger died instantly. He did not fall asleep, he was not texting, he swerved to hit a deer and the road was icy and struck a tree. I feel the pain for both families. It was an accident on Marc’s part. I pray that everyone will help Amy Lombardo get through this awful time in her life. I pray that Marc’s family will be there to help him get through this awful time in his life. Peace and love to all of you who are in pain. My life without my son and his friend will never be the same. Driving on a lonely road becomes boring. I pray for both of the families because I too have to live with losing a son and his best friend at the same time. God bless all of you.

      • You are exactly who this comment board needed to hear from. Knowing first hand what both sides are going through, and you say it with such love. I don’t know either one of these boys, but I was sensing such animosity from one side. They all need to celebrate the life of such a wonderful young man and then allow themselves to grieve his loss. And when they are able to, they need to pray for Marc, whose own life as well as other lives has been forever changed. Thank you and I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son and his friend.

        • joanne crespo on December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm said:

          Do you know Amy and Anthony Diane?

          • No, Joanne, I don’t know anyone involved in this accident. I read the article and proceeded to read the comments. My heart cringed when I noticed that Marc was being blamed for something he most likely (and I say that with confidence) never in a million years wanted or expected to happen. If he had been texting or even talking on a cell phone, putting on make up (for all the women that do this) or even eating or drinking, then I would be able to start to feel your blame, but here is a young man serving our country going home on leave and he unfortunately caused an accident that killed your nephew and forever hurt Amy. I think this is extremely sad. And I’m sorry to you, also for your loss.
            “Grieving mom” experienced much of the same as your family is going through now and she put her heart out there to let people know that although not easy, you can at some point push on to get through to the next day. She speaks with love from her heart. I like that. I don’t know why Joanne, but I somehow care that you find peace with this. My son is the same age as these guys and I believe deep down that no matter how hurt and pissed I was, I’d reach out to Marc at some point and build a friendship with him. It would help in both of your healing processes.

  13. joanne crespo on December 17, 2011 at 2:35 am said:

    hat will never happen. As a nurse I traveled 2 hours to work then 2 hours home after a 13 hour shift. I would stop at a rest area and walk around to make sure i stayed awake. My biggest fear was that I would fall asleep driving and never wanted to be responsible for hurting or killing someone so I took measures to avoid this. A person knows when thier body tells them it needs rest. And you said that I would feel the same way if marc blew a tire. You are so very wrong. A person can pick up a nail or swerve to avoid another car and THAT is an accident. Falling asleep is not an accident and you 100 percent have the right to post your comments. Please dont take your anger out on me we have suffered enough.

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