Three Children Injured in Suspected Drunk Driving Crash in Colleton County, South Carolina
COLLETON COUNTY, SC. – According to an online news story from live5news.com, three children were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Colleton County, South Carolina. Three other people were also injured. South Carolina Highway Patrol has reportedly placed a driver under arrest in connection with the wreck, and he has been charged with driving under the influence.*
The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. on March 30 on U.S. Highway 17-A. In the area near McDaniel Town Road, a 2011 Jeep Compass, and 2014 Toyota Corolla, and the 2002 Ford F-150 were involved in a collision. Investigators reported that the Ford was traveling north on the highway and crashed head-on into the southbound Toyota.
It is not clear what direction the Jeep was traveling, but it was also struck and traveled off the roadway. Emergency responders were called to the scene on reports of a child not breathing and an entrapped vehicle occupant. Live 5 reports they arrived to find a bystander performing CPR on a 4-year-old child.
Paramedics took over CPR and were able to revive the child before transport, according to Live 5. The 4-year-old child and an 8-year-old child were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, and a 5-month-old infant was also transported with injuries. The 4-year-old child was said to be in critical condition.
All of the children had been riding in the Toyota. Live 5 reports that the driver of Toyota and a passenger in the Jeep were also injured, as was the driver of the Ford.
After preliminary investigation, authorities arrested the driver of the Ford, identified as a 43-year-old man from Ladson, South Carolina, and charged him with felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and driving without a license.
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