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Family going to church hit by speeding driver suspected of DUI, SC cops say

A family of four is hospitalized after a car crash with a suspected drunk driver, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said.
A family of four is hospitalized after a car crash with a suspected drunk driver, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A family was heading to church Sunday morning, but ended up in a South Carolina hospital instead after their car was hit a suspected drunk driver, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to pull over a driver “suspected of DUI” when that person sped up to escape law enforcement, according the news release.

The speeding car then collided with the family’s vehicle at an intersection, the sheriff’s office said in the news release.

According to witnesses, “there was a high-speed chase through the intersection,” and the suspected drunk driver crashed into the family’s car before wrecking into a gas pump at Energy Market gas station and convenience store, WYFF reported.

A witness said a child was thrown from the family’s car after the collision, a WYFF reporter tweeted.

All four members of the family were hurt in the wreck and taken to an area hospital, “along with the suspect,” according to the news release.

No fatalities were reported as a result of the crash, the sheriff’s office said. There is no word on the condition of the four family members or the suspected drunk driver.

Devonte Rakwon Williams was identified as the driver attempting to escape sheriff’s deputies, and the 23-year-old has been charged with four counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury, and failure to stop for blue lights, resulting in injury, WHNS reported.

The intersection of Highway 253 and Cedar Lane Road was closed as the sheriff’s office continued to investigate the scene, according to the news release.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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