January 5, 2011 – Two Charleston families are mourning the loss of a soon-to-be-engaged couple after they were killed by a reckless driver last week. According to a report at ABC 4 News Charleston, the college students died when their car was hit head-on by a speeding driver who crossed into oncoming traffic. The fatal accident occurred late on Wednesday night.
Charleston police say the man who caused this crash was driving a Pathfinder SUV on Highway 302 when he crossed the center line to pass a car in front of him. Investigators say he was driving nearly 90 miles per hour when he slammed into the students’ car.
The victims, a 22-year-old woman and her 24-year-old boyfriend, were returning from a family dinner. Both suffered massive injuries and were killed in the accident. The female victim was a student at the College of Charleston, while her boyfriend was enrolled at the Charleston School of Law. Their families say the couple was planning to become engaged in the near future, and an engagement ring had already been purchased.
The driver who caused this fatal crash suffered personal injuries and is receiving treatment at Aiken Hospital. No charges have been filed, but the investigation is still ongoing. It was not immediately clear if alcohol played a role in this tragic accident.