Great grandmother, great grandson killed, 4 injured in Pickens Co. crash on Hwy 123

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UPDATED (11/7/21): Jose Martin Guzman-Pliego was denied bond in a hearing on Nov. 7.


UPDATED (11/6/21): Two people have died and four people are injured after a crash in Pickens County on Thursday.

Jose Martin Guzman-Pliego was charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death, and an additional two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. He is currently being held at the Pickens County Detention Center.

Jose Martin Guzman-Pliego
(Pickens County Detention Center)

This is a 7NEWS Update. The previous version can be seen below.


PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Two people have died and four people are injured after a crash in Pickens County on Thursday.

The incident happened at about 6:45 p.m. on US Hwy 123 just south of US Hwy 178, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. Drivers of a 2011 Ford Fiesta and a 2013 Dodge Ram were traveling south on US Hwy 123.

Troopers say the driver of the Dodge Ram struck the rear of the Ford Fiesta, causing the Ford to go off the roadway and overturn.

The driver and a passenger in the Ford died at the scene, troopers said.

The Pickens County Coroner identified the victims as Gladys Holbrooks, 70, and Cameron Durham, 6, both of Pickens. Holbrooks was Durham’s great grandmother.

Three other occupants in the vehicle were transported to the hospital. The driver of the Dodge Ram was also transported to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Pickens County School District released a statement, saying: “Our district is saddened by the death of a first grade student in the Pickens community. Cameron Durham was a 1st grader at Pickens Elementary School. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, their friends, his classmates, and our educators who were touched by the life of Cameron.”

The incident remains under investigation by SCHP.

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