Reckless homicide charges in deadly crash over SC bridge
PORT ROYAL, S.C. (AP) — Two drivers are charged with reckless homicide after their crash caused a minivan to fall off a South Carolina bridge, killing a pregnant woman and her three sons, authorities said.
Terry Shy’kwon Campbell, 19, and Phillip Brendan Roberts, 40, were at fault for the Sept. 19 crash on the U.S. 21 bridge in Port Royal, police said in a statement.
Both men were driving over 80 mph (129 kph) on the bridge, which has a speed limit of 55 mph (89 kph), according to arrest warrants.
Witnesses also reported them weaving in and out of traffic, police have said.
After they wrecked, the cars spun out of control into a minivan driven by 36-year-old Tikia Lashay Doe. Her 16-year-old, 6-year-old and 3-year-old sons were inside and trapped in the van as it went over the bridge and sank in the Beaufort River, investigators said.
Campbell and Roberts are charged with five counts of reckless homicide, including a charge after the death of Doe’s unborn child. If convicted, they face up to 10 years on each count.
It wasn’t clear if they had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.