MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Marlboro County coroner confirmed that two children were killed in a single-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning on Carolina Church Road.
Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown identified the victims as 8-year-old Lekea Brewington and 2-month-old Latwain McLaughin.
According to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 11:45 a.m. Monday on Carolina Church Road.
The driver of a 2003 Infinity four-door was traveling east on the road when they ran off the left side of the side, and struck a ditch and a ditch culvert, Collins said.
Both the driver and the front-seat passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The passenger was killed and the driver was taken to an area hospital, according to Collins.
He added there were two passengers in the back seat who were not restrained. One of them died as the result of the crash while the other was taken to a local hospital.
David McInnis says he's the brother of the driver. He says this is a difficult time for his family.
"The family's feeling sad a little bit," McInnis said. "This is a hard tragedy. But I just want the community, all the family and friends to just keep praying for us because we're going to get through it."
McInnis says when he heard about the crash, it took him off guard.
"It still felt like a dream to me when it happened to me," McInnis said. "I just couldn't believe it really happened. I'm still in shock now, but I'm trying to be strong for my mom and my dad."
He reminisced on the good memories of the children who passed away.
"Oh man, they were loving," he said. "I just got finished seeing them on Saturday, and I was playing with them and playing with the little baby. Every time I got the chance to pick him up, he'd always go to sleep, and I'd play with my little niece. And I'm going to miss all of that."
McInnis says this incident has really put things into perspective for him.
"Take every day like it's your last day, because the next second isn't promised to you," he said.