DUI suspect jailed in crash that killed Upstate teen after prom

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GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — The man charged in a crash that killed a teenager on her way home from the prom is now in jail.

Carter Owen, 27, was booked Tuesday into the Greenville County Detention Center after his release from a hospital. 

Troopers say Owen was under the influence when he crossed the centerline of Highway 25 and crashed head on into a car near the Twin Chimney Landfill on Saturday night. 

Trinity Brandasia Harrison was a passenger in the car that Owen hit.

The 18-year-old Ware Shoals High School student was headed home from the prom.

Trinity was taken to the hospital where she later died. 

Troopers say Owen has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death. 

Owen was denied bond on Wednesday.

Trinity was expected to graduate next month and is survived by her parents, two sisters and a brother, according to an obituary

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Little River Multicultural Center in Hodges.  

Trinity’s dance coach, Tavoris Miller, recently spoke of her love for life and family.

“She enjoyed life. That’s one thing she enjoyed,” Miller said. “She was a family girl. She loved her mom.” 

FIYA Dance University will honor the long-time dance student with a balloon release ceremony. FIYA said in a Facebook post the ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Uptown Market in Greenwood.

People are encouraged to wear purple or blue. 

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