Darlington City Council to discuss additional drowning investigation

Darlington, SC - DARLIGNTON, SC (WMBF) - Members of the Darlington City Council will decide at a Thursday evening meeting whether to move forward with a separate investigation into the drowning deaths of two teens in May.

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 due to inclement weather.

Following numerous rescue attempts by lifeguards, the two swimmers were transported to an area Pee Dee hospital. McKay was declared dead hours later by the Darlington County Coroner's Office, while McAllister was taken off life support in the days following the incident.

Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said McAllister was being sustained on life support as doctors prepared to harvest the child's organs for donation.

In the wake of the deaths of the two young teens, the Darlington County Coroner's Office called for an investigation into the incident. A coroner's inquest on June 17 led officials to issue nearly 100 subpoenas.

Officials with the Darlington City Fire Department said when crews arrived at the pool, CPR efforts were in progress. An agent from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division testified he did, however, receive some conflicting information when he interviewed witnesses in the pool at the time of the incident.

Some witnesses indicated there may have been "some rough play" at the pool on May 30, but SLED agents confirmed it was not a cause of death.

"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."

Members of the Darlington City Council will raise the issue of an additional investigation for discussion at a meeting Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.

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