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Mother charged in crash that killed son in Darlington County

Jessica Lane Dillard (Source: Darlington Co. Detention Center) Jessica Lane Dillard (Source: Darlington Co. Detention Center)
Cameron Ard and Jessica Dillard (Source: Robin, Jessica's sister) Cameron Ard and Jessica Dillard (Source: Robin, Jessica's sister)
Cameron Ard (Source: Robin, Jessica's sister) Cameron Ard (Source: Robin, Jessica's sister)
The pole on Leavensworth Road that the vehicle crashed into. Source: Brennan Somers The pole on Leavensworth Road that the vehicle crashed into. Source: Brennan Somers
Source: Brennan Somers Source: Brennan Somers

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Bennettsville woman is charged with reckless homicide in the death of her 4-year-old son, according to Lance Cpl. Hannah Wimberly of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Darlington County Solicitor charged Jessica Lane Dillard, age 28, of Hodges Ave., with reckless homicide Tuesday and she faces up to 20 years in prison.

Dillard’s son, Cameron Ard, was killed when she was attempting to make a phone call and their SUV flipped several times, went off the right side of the road and collided with a ditch and utility pole in Darlington County on April 16, according to Lance Cpl. Wimberly.

Excessive speed was a factor in the case; Dillard was going 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.

There were two other boys in the backseat of the car when the accident occurred.

The accident happened at about 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Leavenworth Road and Highway 15, according to county coroner Todd Hardee and the SCHP.

Ard was killed as a result of the crash, Hardee confirmed, and an SCHP official said the child may not have been properly restrained.

Lance Cpl. Wimberly says Dillard turned herself in around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. After seeing her, what seemed to be moving out a couple of days ago, neighbors say things have never been the same since the accident.

"Everything went quiet over there, the little kids barely came outside to play anymore, and when they did, I would go over to the fence and play with them," a neighbor explained.

Dillard's sister, Robin Jaworski, says the two other boys in the SUV at the time of the accident were Cameron's two older brothers. A neighbor noticed the entire family was feeling the loss.

"They came outside, but they didn't play like they used to," the neighbor said.

Neighbors also saw how the loss of her youngest son affected 28-year-old Jessica Dillard and feel she's been through enough already. Something Dillard's sister, Robin Jaworski agrees with. Jaworski says it's important for people to know this was an accident, and it is already something her sister will carry with her for the rest of her life. The family's neighbor remembers the day he found out about the accident.

"I was real close with the little 4-year-old, when he died I was stuck in my room for like three days," he said.

At only 4-years-old, neighbors say Cameron was always very outgoing, and hard not to love.

"He used to come over, and even stay in the house, watch movies, eat popcorn together, do a lot of stuff. He was happy, he was always happy," the neighbor added.

Dillard's sister says Cameron's brothers are only 7 and 9 years old and they will be the ones suffering. She says the hardest part will be explaining to them why their mother would be going to jail for this, after they just lost their brother.
 

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