Crime & Courts

Mother of 6-year-old twins killed in head-on crash is charged with DUI, SC cops say

Six-year-old twin boys were killed in a head-on crash.
Six-year-old twin boys were killed in a head-on crash. GoFundMe Screen Grab

Two children are dead and a woman was airlifted to a hospital after they were involved in a head-on collision Sunday night, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The Pickens County Coroner’s Office identified the children as twin brothers Dylan and Camryn Clark, WHNS reported.

The Highway Patrol said the driver of the car was the boys’ mother, Jennifer Lynn Knox, and she is facing multiple charges, including DUI, WYFF reported.

The deadly wreck occurred around 10 p.m. on SC-183 in Pickens County, Lance Cpl. David Jones said on the Highway Patrol’s media hotline.

A 2014 KIA was heading south on the highway when it was hit head-on by Knox, who was driving a 2005 BMW heading in the opposite direction as she was attempting to pass a vehicle pulling a boat, Jones said.

The collision caused the the BMW to flip over on its top as it continued to skid down the highway, before running off the right side of the road and hitting a culvert, according to Jones. This second crash caused the BMW to overturn again and eject the driver and two 6-year-old passengers from the backseat, the Highway Patrol reported.

None of the occupants of the BMW was wearing a seat belt, Jones said.

Both 6-year-olds were taken to an area hospital, where they were pronounced dead, according to Jones.

Information on the driver’s condition was unavailable.

Jones said the driver of the KIA was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the deadly wreck.

Knox, a 38-year-old Seneca resident, was charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death, two counts of child restraint violations, child endangerment and a seat belt violation, according to WYFF.

She is at an area hospital, but when Knox recovers, the Highway Patrol said she will be taken to the Pickens County Detention Center, WHNS reported.

By state law, all three occupants should have been wearing a seat belt.

“South Carolina’s safety belt law requires that every driver and every occupant of a motor vehicle ... must wear a fastened safety belt that complies with all provisions of federal law for its use,” according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. “The driver is charged with the responsibility of requiring every occupant 17 years of age or younger to wear a safety belt.”

A GoFundMe account has been started to help the boys’ father, Billy Clark, to help pay to transport the twins to Florida and for a funeral.

“Totally Devastating losing twins boys at the same time. RIP Little Warriors Fly High and Know that You are Truly Loved and Missed Every Second of Every Day,” read the story on the fundraiser.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.