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CPD: Blossom Street bridge incident may have been a 'deliberate act'

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Denzil Whyatt (Source: Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home via Legacy.com) Denzil Whyatt (Source: Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home via Legacy.com)
Shannon Mickens (Source: Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home via Legacy.com) Shannon Mickens (Source: Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home via Legacy.com)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A preliminary investigation from the Columbia Police Department into the crash at the Blossom Street bridge where two people were killed when a vehicle plunged off the bridge in January indicates the incident may have been a "deliberate act."

In a statement, CPD investigators say they are in final stages of investigating the cause of the accident, but they are unable to determine who exactly caused the crash.

This new information comes as toxicology reports show the driver, Denzil Whyatt, Jr., had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the test results Wednesday. Watts said his tests show Whyatt had a blood-alcohol content of .127 and evidence of marijuana in his system. Passenger Shannon Mickens also showed evidence of marijuana in her system.

Whyatt and Mickens were killed when the SUV they were in crashed into the Congaree River from the Blossom Street Bridge. Watts said Whyatt and Mickens drowned.

According to inspection reports for the bridge that WIS requested from the S.C. Department of Transportation, the Blossom Street Bridge is a fracture critical bridge. Reports from inspections in 2012 and 2013 also showed the bridge rail had minor collision damage.

WIS filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the Columbia Police Department's investigation into the accident. The request was denied by the city, stating the accident is still under investigation.

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