Coroner: Grandfather in fatal accident was almost three times over legal alcohol limit

Published: Jul. 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM EDT
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Coroner's Office says preliminary reports show a 65-year-old man driving with his grandson was almost three times over the legal alcohol limit in South Carolina at the time of the crash.

Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock says Ronald Winston Holmes and his 7-year-old grandson were killed in the Sunday night crash.

"We know that two vehicles collided and it was a head-on collision," said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said the crash happened right in front of the sheriff's office in the 1200 block of North Main Street around 6 p.m.

Investigators say Ronald Holmes and his grandson died after his vehicle crossed the center line and hit the Ford Expedition.

"It's a tragedy whenever we lose somebody on South Carolina highways," Jones said. "It's something that we take seriously and we're going to investigate it fully."

All six people in the Expedition were transported to the hospital, Dennis said. The extent of their injuries are not known.

Jones says the deceased driver was a contributor to the crash and therefore no charges will be filed.

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