Suspected drunk driver apologizes to family of teen killed in crash


A suspected drunk driver charged in a deadly crash that killed a teen after her prom was denied bond. 

Carter Owen, 27, walked into a holding cell at the Greenville County Detention Center for a bond hearing on Wednesday. 

Owen was booked at the jail Tuesday after his release from the hospital. 

“If I could take it back I would. I would trade my life for hers,” Owen said before a judge and the victim’s family. 

Troopers say on Saturday night, Owen was driving on Highway 25 when he crossed the center line near the Twin Chimney Landfill and crashed head on into a truck. 

Trinity Harrison, a Ware Shoals High student, was in the passenger seat of the truck. Trinity’s aunt, Tanisha Maddox, was the driver of the truck that Owen hit. 

Trinity was headed back from her senior prom. 

Troopers say Owen was under the influence. 

Owen is charged with felony DUI resulting in death.

Trinity and Tanisha were taken to the hospital, where the 18-year-old died an hour after the crash, according to the coroner. 

“You took my baby from me,” Trinity’s mom, Tonya Hurley, said at Owen’s bond hearing. “I know everything that I am saying is not going to bring her back. I’m walking in a fog. I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to feel. All this feels like a dream to me right now.”

Despite his actions, Trinity’s mom says as a child of God she hopes to forgive him one day.

“But my heart right now is not going to let me do that. Not today,” she said. “You took my baby.”

A balloon release will be held in Trinity’s honor at Ware Shoals High School at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Trinity will be laid to rest on Saturday at Little River Multicultural Center. 

Family members tell 7News that Trinity’s aunt is recovering from her injuries. 

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