Thursday, March 27 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-03-27 19:02:51 GMT
Toxicology reports show a driver who was killed when his vehicle plunged off the Blossom Street Bridge in January had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.Richland County CoronerMore >>
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 was a "deliberate act."More >>
Wednesday, March 12 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-03-12 17:51:39 GMT
Police have closed the Blossom St. Bridge closed after a car drove off the bridge and landed in the water.Both lanes of the bridge are closed. We will update this story as more information becomes available.More >>
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the couple killed after their SUV plummeted into the Congaree River late Thursday night.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Investigators with the Columbia Police Department say a vehicle that crashed off the Blossom Street bridge and into the Congaree River in January was "a deliberate act."
Police released the final report on the investigation Thursday, saying the probe is now closed. According to the official incident report, the crash was classified as a murder-suicide.
"After a lengthy and thorough review, the Traffic Safety Unit has determined that the incident was a deliberate act as defined by the Uniform Traffic Accident Report Instruction Manual," read the report. "Investigators are unable to clearly determine which occupant contributed to the tragic event."
Toxicology reports released by the Richland County Coroner's office earlier this month showed the driver, Denzil Whyatt, Jr., had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.
Coroner Gary 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 plummeted about 50 feet into the Congaree River from the bridge. Watts said Whyatt and Mickens drowned.
"Based on witness statements and accounts, on-scene evidence gathered, a vehicle examination, the DSU has concluded that the incident was not a motor vehicle collision as defined by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety," reads a statement from CPD.
The statement went on to list the reason why the crash did not meet that definition:
The driver refrained from prudent acts which would have prevented occurrence of the event
Driver accelerated through the bridge's guardrail
No road hazards present
No weather-related conditions or hazards
No mechanical failure
Witness accounts – vehicle did not appear to be out of control, swerving or excessively speeding prior to crashing into the bridge
A man driving in the car behind the SUV told investigators it "did not seem to be out of control."The incident report says "there were no signs of breaking from the vehicle prior to striking the guardrail and leaving the bridge."
The report also says investigators received several anonymous tips "stating that the driver (Whyatt) was violent at times, that the two were in a relationship, and that they fought a lot." A family member of Mickens told investigators "Mickens had told her in the past that Whyatt stated he was going to drive off the Blossom Street bridge."
The Columbia Police Department says the case is closed pending any additional information that may be discovered.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>