Four people died and one person was rushed to hospital after a head-on collision on Highway 14 in Greenville County on Friday.
The accident happened close to the Lakeview Steakhouse and Bar around 5:15 p.m.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said a Ford SUV was traveling west along the highway when it veered into oncoming traffic and hit a Saturn SUV.
All four occupants of the Saturn SUV died on the spot as a result of multiple blunt force injuries.
The victims were identified as 83-year-old Michael B. Cook, 80-year-old Nancy B. Cook. 92-year-old William J. Norman age and 83-year-old Marsha Norman. The Cooks were from Greenville while the Normans were from Taylors.
Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans did not say how the individuals were related to each other.
The accident remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The victims were all trapped in the vehicle and they had to be mechanically extricated. It was not immediately clear if they were wearing seat belts.
Meanwhile, Highway Patrol announced on Saturday that the driver of the Ford, Richard Shane Plowden, had been charged in connection with the accident. He is now facing four counts of felony DUI resulting in death.
Plowden was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
His bond hearing was set for Saturday.
Several entities responded to the crash including the Lake Cunningham Fire Department, Greenville County EMS, and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can provide advice and representation.