DUI charged in fatal crash
On Saturday, around 11:40 p.m., a 2000 Jeep, driven by 21-year-old Taylor Watkins, attempted to pass a 1998 Mercury. The vehicles were heading north on U.S. 17A near SC 61 and made contact, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins.
The Jeep rolled over ending up overturned in a 20-foot ditch that had about five feet of water in it, according to Assistant Fire Chief William Sullivan of Old Fort Fire Department.
According to initial scanner traffic, both the driver and the passenger, 21-year-old Amanda Carey, were ejected. Carey, according to Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet, was from North Charleston.
According to Carey’s Facebook page, she was a 2010 graduate of Fort Dorchester High School. She is the daughter of Tim and Monica Carey of Summerville.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol off-duty Police Officer Anthony Jenkins came on the scene, pulled Carey out of the water and initiated CPR, prior to the arrival of EMS. Carey was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Trooper Collins she was not wearing a seatbelt.
Watkins was transported by helicopter to MUSC.
According to Collins, Watkins was charged with DUI.
The Old Fort Fire Department initially responded to the call although it was eventually determined to be in the Sandhill Fire District. Also responding was DCEMS Medic 7.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet says Watkins and Carey were friends.
On Carey’s mother’s Facebook page the following message was posted:
“… I feel that I need to let everyone know… Saturday night, on the way back from “jeep mudding,” Amanda was the passenger in a car accident. She was not wearing a seat belt. My lovely daughter was ejected from the flipped jeep, and did not survive the accident. My heart is overwhelmingly heavy. I will miss her with every fiber of my being.”