Charges Upgraded In Cherokee Co. Fatal DUI Crash - WSPA.com

Charges Upgraded In Cherokee Co. Fatal DUI Crash

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Cherokee County, S.C. - Charges against Austin Shackleford, the man accused in a drunk driving crash that killed two people in Cherokee County over the weekend, have been upgraded.

It happened on SC 110, just 5 miles north of Cowpens Saturday night, when investigators say Shackleford, 19, crossed the center line. The driver of the other vehicle, 43-year-old Tanya Jean Tiede, of Spartanburg, was killed and pronounced dead at the scene. Three passengers in Tiede’s car, her mother, husband and 11-year-old daughter, were airlifted to the hospital with injuries. Tiede's mother, 65-year-old Sandra Kay Effler, died late Monday night.

At last check, Tiede’s daughter is in the pediatric intensive care unit with broken bones in her face, a bruised spleen and abdominal injuries, according to officials.  Her husband has a broken leg.

Shackleford was also injured and taken to the hospital.  He is now charged with three counts of driving under the influence causing death or bodily injury and one count of failure to stop for a blue light resulting in death.  His bond has been denied.

Officials tell us that in-car video from a Cherokee County deputy’s patrol car shows Shackleford speeding past the officer less than a minute before that crash.

"I would just offer my condolences, I honestly wish I could just take Sonya's place and her be here right now and me be dead," Shackleford told a judge at a bond hearing Monday.

"I wish this would have never happened, I should have never jumped in that vehicle the other night and I wouldn't be here,” he added. "I would be at work and I would be at home. I just wish there was anything I could do to fix all of this.”

Shackleford is being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center. The crash remains under investigation.
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