LAURENS CO., SC (WSPA) – Troopers have charged a driver in a deadly crash that killed a toddler and injured two others.
The crash happened Sunday evening on Bellview Church Road near Laurens.
Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol said three people were hit by a Dodge pickup truck traveling west on Bellview Church Road.
The injured pedestrians included a 20-year-old woman, a 15-year-old and toddler. The three victims, a Laurens family, were taken to the hospital where the youngest later died.
7News is told the family was walking home from a park when they were hit.
Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek confirmed 17-month-old Ay’Vah Tierani Samuel died of injuries suffered in the crash.
Troopers say the driver, identified as as 33-year-old Adrian Daniel Brown, is charged with leaving the scene with death, two counts of leaving the scene with injury, and driving under suspension.
Aysia Samuel, the sister of the toddler fatally injured, said Brown left the scene.
“He had stopped and he asked ‘Are y’all ok?’ and I said ‘No sir, call the police call somebody cause she’s dead.’ Him and his girlfriend got in the car and they left,” Aysia Samuel recalled.
Cheek said the autopsy revealed that Ay’Vah died from blunt force trauma to the head.
“I looked at her and I’m holding her and I’m like, I know she’s gone because she felt real light, like you can tell when somebody is gone,” Aysia said.
Brown was not hurt in the crash.
A judge denied bond for Brown on Monday. According to the judge, this is fourth incident of driving under the influence for Brown.
“He hit me and he knocked me out and he ran over my baby sister killing her and ran over my step sister ankles,” said Ay’Vah’s brother, Amaje Samuel.
“I want him to know he has really tore my family up, literally,” Aysia said.