Family of woman killed in bridge crash seeking help with funeral expenses

ccope@thestate.comJanuary 23, 2014 

  • How to give

    Those who want to donate to help cover the funeral expenses of Shannon Mickens may call Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home at (803) 254-2000 and make a donation with a credit or debit card.

— A family needs help covering the funeral expenses of the woman killed in last week’s Blossom Street bridge crash that led to the drowning deaths of two people after an SUV went into the Congaree River.

Shannon Mickens, 40, was pulled from the river and transported to Palmetto Health Richland hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m. on Jan. 16.

The driver of the 1999 Ford Explorer, Denzil Whyatt Jr., 35, was found in the vehicle after it was pulled from the chilly waters. He was pronounced dead at the scene around 1:30 a.m.

The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate the crash to determine exactly what happened, said police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons. The traffic safety unit has spent time at the crash site and is making progress, she said. The department is trying to learn more about what happened in the hours leading up to the crash and has asked for the public’s help.

Mickens had two daughters, one 19 and the other a 15-year-old who attends Brookland Cayce High School, their aunt said.

The younger daughter is staying with Shannon Mickens’ sister, Georgetta Mickens, who said her nieces have been hurt deeply by the sudden loss of their mother.

No words can describe how they feel, Georgetta Mickens said.

The family is requesting donations to cover the expenses of the funeral, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home on Colonial Drive in north Columbia.

Services for Denzil Whyatt Jr. will also be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Georgetta Mickens said her sister was a loving mother and a loving aunt to her four nephews and two nieces.

“She always tried to take care of her family,” Georgetta Mickens said.

Shannon Mickens went to A.C. Flora High School, where she ran track.

She worked cleaning houses and most recently worked at a convenience store, her sister said.

Shannon Mickens also worked caring for sick people and helped take care of her father before he died, Georgetta Mickens said.

How to give

Those who want to donate to help cover the funeral expenses of Shannon Mickens may call Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home at (803) 254-2000 and make a donation with a credit or debit card.

Reach Cope at 803-771-8657.

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