A South Carolina Sheriff's deputy responding to a car crash discovered his wife was dead behind the wheel, officials said.
Teresa Browder, 45, died of blunt force trauma after an SUV crossed the center line and hit her vehicle head-on on Lewis Road, off Highway 15 in Sumter around 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to reports.
The SUV also hit a third vehicle.
A deputy from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, identified in Browder’s obituary as Douglas Wayne Browder, responded to the scene and found his wife of 20 years was one of the victims.
Browder had been wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision and was on her way to her husband, who was only two minutes away, WIS-TV reported.
The two other people involved in the crash were taken to a local hospital and were treated for their injuries. Their conditions were not immediately known.
Browder worked as a nurse at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
“Teresa possessed the kindest of hearts, the sweetest of smiles and the gentlest touch. She was adored by her patients, respected and loved by her colleagues, and now missed by all,” the hospital said in a statement.
Natalie Davis, the director of accreditation at Clarendon Health System said: “We are better people and a better organization for having had the privilege of knowing and working with Teresa. She was one of the most kind, giving, and Christian people I have ever known. Heaven is celebrating their new angel, and we miss her dearly.
She leaves behind three daughters, reportedly ages 12, 14 and 18.
Her oldest daughter is studying to become a nurse like her mother, according to WIS-TV.
Browder’s funeral will be at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter at 2 p.m. on Monday. She will be buried in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.