LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - One person died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Lake City.
According to a news release from the Florence County Coroner's Office, Dewayne Benjamin Harrington, 18, of Coward, died after the vehicle he was in rolled over in a canal ditch near 660 South Green Road around 7:10 a.m. He was in the car with his two friends, they are okay.
Troopers said the driver, Jamie Floyd, ran off the right side of the road and came back onto the road before running off the road into the ditch. The crash caused Harrington to be ejected from the car. Floyd has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death, and was released Sunday afternoon on a 50 thousand dollar surety bond.
The street where the accident happened was turned into a memorial for Harrington. The street is filled with spray painted notes from friends and family that read, "R.I.P." and "I love you." WMBF News sat down with Harrington's mom, Crystal Dease, she explained why he will always be her inspiration.
"I'm proud to have been able to be his momma for those 18 years. He's just he really made me proud, but I just don't know what I'm going to do without him." Dease said she is still in shock she won't see her son, anymore and at only 18 years old, she said he had his whole life ahead of him.
Dease added it's not just her, but Harrington impacted so many others' lives too. The memorial is a sign of that, set up where Harrington and his two friends were driving when their car rolled over in the ditch throwing Harrington out of the car.
"I do not feel any kind of anger, I just feel numb, I feel and just wish I could have him back, but I know it's impossible, but I know he's with me," said Dease.
She thinks back on why he was her inspiration. "Sometimes as parents we give them advice, but I found him a lot giving me advice, and even now I think about you know, I know what he would tell me, he would always say momma it is what it is, don't worry about it, he'd always tell me that."
Dease said she will live for him and believes he is in a better place.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11a.m. in Lake City at Matthews Tabernacle.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Florence County Coroner's Office are investigating the crash and will perform an autopsy.