Woman accused in deadly drunk driving crash in Pee Dee released on bond

Donna J. Branhill
Donna J. Branhill(Source: W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center)
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 8:48 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 1:22 PM EST
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DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A woman is facing felony DUI charges in connection to a deadly weekend crash in Darlington County.

Master Trooper Brian Lee with the South Carolina Highway Patrol identified the suspect as Donna J. Branhill. He said Branhill is charged with felony DUI with death results and felony DUI with great bodily injury.

The charges stem from a crash that happened around 9:15 p.m. Saturday on South Sansbury Road near near Oak Stump Road.

According to troopers, a GMC SUV was heading northbound when the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right and struck a tree.

The driver and a backseat passenger were both taken to the hospital with injuries, while a front-seat passenger died as a result of the crash, troopers said.

Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee later identified the passenger who died as Robin Nichole Knotts, of Lamar.

Booking records show Branhill was released from the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center on a $50,000 bond Wednesday morning just hours after her arrest.

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