Driver Charged With DUI In Deadly Wrong-way Crash On I-385 - WSPA.com

Driver Charged With DUI In Deadly Wrong-way Crash On I-385

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Greenville Police have charged 26-year-old Joseph Glasier of Greer with a DUI resulting in death. Greenville Police have charged 26-year-old Joseph Glasier of Greer with a DUI resulting in death.
The deadly crash happened early Monday morning on I-385 North. The deadly crash happened early Monday morning on I-385 North.

A wrong-way crash on a popular highway leaves a mother dead and her three young children hospitalized.

Greenville Police have charged 26-year-old Joseph Glasier of Greer with a DUI resulting in death.

The deadly crash happened early Monday morning on I-385 North.

Now we're learning this might happen more often than you think. There have been nearly 6,500 wrong-way collisions in South Carolina since 2010, and 254 people were killed in those crashes.

We checked into the scope of wrong-way crashes in our community and here's what we found.

According to the Office of Highway Safety, there were 773 wrong-way collisions in Greenville between 2010 and now. Thirteen people were killed in those crashes.

During that time in Spartanburg County, there were 678 wrong-way driving collisions and 11 people were killed.

In Anderson County during that same time frame, there were 300 wrong-way crashes, killing 15 people.

On Monday morning, two people called 911 at 3:10 a.m. to report a truck driving the wrong way on I-385.

Greenville police dispatched officers, but it was too late.

Two minutes later, the wrong-way driver crashed head-on into a car carrying Shauntia Jackson and her three children.

They were just minutes away from their home.

Delmar Jackson, Sr. watched helplessly as the truck crashed into his wife's car, killing her instantly, and seriously injuring their three children.

"It's extremely rare that you would have another family member, especially a spouse, witness what Mr. Jackson witnessed today," said Greenville County Coroner Barry Wright.

Jackson told Wright his family was driving back from a family trip to Charlotte in two separate cars.

He was on his cell phone with his wife in the car behind him when the truck careened past him.

“By the time the truck passed him the collision had occurred, before he could even utter a warning. At highway speeds when you're running minimum of probably 60 miles an hour, it takes a very short period of time for two vehicles to meet and collide," said Wright.

Shauntia Jackson was killed on impact and their three children, all under the age of 10, were transported to Greenville Memorial.

Glasier was taken to that same hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later released and is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.

Wright said Delmar Jackson was surrounded by family Monday, but witnessing the moment he became a single parent is something he'll never forget.

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