DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Five people were killed, including two unborn children, and eight others injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday evening, according to information from the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Darlington County Coroner's Office.
The five people killed have been identified as:
- Leonard Rouse, 52, of Darlington
- Nakisha Rouse, 14, of Darlington
- Chikari Douglas-Rouse, 28, of Hartsville, and her unborn child
- Baby boy Douglas-Graham
According to Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee, there were eleven people in the car at the time of the crash.
One of occupants was in labor and was being driven to an area hospital for the delivery of the child, the Darlington County Coroner's Office says.
The crash occurred around 10:00 p.m. Friday on Rogers Road. The car was traveling east when it ran off the side of the road into a drainage ditch and overturned. All passengers were ejected from the vehicle. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and died on scene. Two others killed were also not wearing seatbelts and were transported to McLeod Hospital where they died, SCHP confirms.
The eight additional passengers were transported to McLeod Hospital with serious injuries.
As of about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, one person is still in critical condition after surgery, according to the Darlington County Coroner's Office. Two children are being transported to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.
The crash is the deadliest single-vehicle collision in over 20 years in Darlington County. The Darlington County Coroner's Office is investigating.