FILE - In this June 12, 2018 file photo, South Carolina Rep.Katie Arrington, who is running for the first district of South Carolina, campaigns after voting for herself in the primary election at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville. Arrington who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid has been seriously injured in a deadly wreck. Spokesman Michael Mule tells media outlets Arrington has undergone surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday, June 23, 2018, in a Charleston-area hospital. (Kathryn Ziesig/The Post And Courier via AP, File)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the wreck that severely injured U.S. House candidate Katie Arrington (all times local):
Authorities in South Carolina say the wrong-way driver who crashed into a car that carried a U.S. House candidate had hit another vehicle minutes earlier and drove away.
Charleston County Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio said 69-year-old Helen White struck the first vehicle Friday night as she turned onto U.S. Highway 17.
Antonio says White ended up driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of the highway after the wreck and then slammed into the vehicle carrying Arrington.
White died, while GOP candidate Katie Arrington and the woman driving her were severely injured.
Antonio said in a news release both wrecks are still under investigation. He says there was no sign of alcohol in White's vehicle.
Antonio says no one was hurt in the first wreck.
A U.S. House candidate severely injured in a car crash in South Carolina over the weekend plans to keep running for the seat.
Katie Arrington's spokesman Michael Mule (mew-LAY) said Monday that Arrington already planned to take some time off around Independence Day after defeating U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary on June 12.
Arrington's doctors said at a news conference that she was taken off a ventilator Monday and already shows motivation to recover, just three days after the wreck.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott says he spoke to Arrington this weekend, and she wrote notes in response.
Scott says Arrington thinks her life was saved so she could give more to public service.
Arrington was a passenger in a car hit head on Friday near Charleston.