SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A North Carolina man was taken into custody Tuesday following a fatal crash in Landrum.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said 54-year-old Ronald Edward Watkins, of Mill Spring, was charged with felony DUI involving death.

A Spartanburg County judge on Wednesday denied bond for Watkins for the felony DUI charge but assigned bond on a separate, misdemeanor charge for allegedly having an open container in his vehicle.

The crash happened shortly before 6 p.m. on Highway 14 near Ford Lane according to troopers.

The highway patrol said Watkins was driving west in a 2007 Chevrolet pickup when he collided with a 2015 Ford Fiesta.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office has identified the driver as 29-year-old Jamie Nicole Belue, of Inman.

“She was one of the most gentlest people you would have ever met,” Belue’s husband, Andrew said during the bond hearing. “It was the spirit about her. She was a wonderful person.”

An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday according to the coroner.

Watkins was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

The crash remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troopers are urging drivers to be cautious ahead of the 2022 holiday travel season.