HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A man has been charged following the fatal vehicle collision that shut down 17 Business Tuesday night near Pirateland Campground.
Two children were killed in the crash and several people were taken to area hospitals according to emergency officials.
Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol confirms Neil Joseph Dejean, 47, of Duson, LA, is charged with two counts of reckless homicide in connection to the car wreck.
J. Reuben Long Detention Center records show Dejean is also charged with alcohol-open container.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirms 11-year-old Dakota Shepherd of Timberlake, North Carolina, and her 9-year-old cousin, Skyler Emore, also of North Carolina, died on scene.
KLFY News 10’s sister station, WNCN in Raleigh, NC, has received photos of the two young victims.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol website reports the crash occurred around 8 p.m. Highway patrol indicates the crash was just before Pirateland, located at 5401 S Kings Hwy.
SCHP said three vehicles were involved in the crash. According to troopers, the driver of a Dodge mini-van attempted to turn into a private driveway and was struck by a Mercedes car.
The mini-van then struck a parked vehicle in a parking lot. Three people in the mini-van and the driver of the Mercedes were taken to Grand Strand Regional Hospital with injuries.
South Carolina State Highway Patrol’s MAIT team is investigating the crash.