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Driver in fatal collision involving deputy charged with driving under suspension

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Sgt. Derek El Dada (Source: Richland County Sheriff's Department) Sgt. Derek El Dada (Source: Richland County Sheriff's Department)
The scene. (Source: Jeff Diamond) The scene. (Source: Jeff Diamond)
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SALUDA COUNTY (WIS) -

The other driver involved in the crash that killed a Richland County deputy and his wife has been charged for driving under suspension.

Highway Patrol investigators arrested 26-year-old Scotrell Praylow after the accident. A check of his driving record shows his license was suspended after failing to pay for a traffic ticket.

Praylow has not charged with anything related to the deaths of 45-year-old Derek El Dada and his wife, Leigh El Dada.

The pair were killed after the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by the car driven by Praylow on Highway 391 near Hutto Island Road.

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers say Praylow ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the center line and collided with Derek's motorcycle.

Lott said El Dada and his wife were out riding with an old high school friend when the accident occurred.

"He had a high school friend that came by to visit," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. "They rode motorcycles so they just went riding, just for a night ride."

Derek died at the scene. Leigh was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital where she later died.

Troopers did not say if anybody traveling in the car was injured.

Lott said Derek had been with the department for nine years. He was assigned to the Dutch Fork region and was in charge of 12 people there. He had previously worked with the Forest Acres Police Department for five years.

"He worked very closely with them," said Lott. "Needless to say, we had a lot of crying people this morning."

"The two squads he was responsible for probably won't come back until next week. We've got counseling that we're doing for all of them. We're trying to work through this, and we will work through this."

He and his wife leave behind two teen daughters.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington. The memorial service is open to the public.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigating.

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