Coroner subpoenas 100 people in drowning investigation

Justin McKay (Source: The McKay Family)
Justin McKay (Source: The McKay Family)
Justin's mother on the stand
Justin's mother on the stand

Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - An investigation by the Darlington County Coroner could soon provide answers into the deaths of two teens in May at a Darlington swimming pool.

The bodies of Justin Lee McKay, 14, and Timquan McAllister, 13, both of Darlington, were spotted underwater at the Darlington City Pool on May 30, as guards cleared the area for inclement weather.

Following rescue attempts by lifeguards, the two swimmers were transported to an area Pee Dee hospital. McKay was declared dead by the Darlington County Coroner's Office shortly after his arrival.

McAllister passed away days after the incident, following a short stint on life support. Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said he was being sustained on life support as doctors prepared to harvest the child's organs for donation.

"I just want to know what really happened down there," the mother of McKay said.

If Thursday evening's inquest from the coroner's office doesn't provide adequate answers, the McAllister and McKay families will have a second chance to learn how one day at the pool turned so deadly.

"We're sort of on hold," Darlington Mayor Tony Watkins said. "We know there's a lot of information that people want to have, a lot of questions that need to be answered."

Watkins said amidst tragedy, heartbreak and despair, patience will be of the essence until the conclusion of the investigation. Nearly 100 people have been subpoenaed for Thursday's inquest.

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