SENECA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say the mother of a 4-year-old girl and her 1-year-old sister killed in an early morning crash on New Year's Day has been charged with driving under the influence.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said the girls died after their mother's SUV overturned after crashing into the sign at Utica Baptist Church in Seneca around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Troopers say 32-year-old Melissa Patton was driving drunk and was arrested after being taken to the hospital. She remains in the Oconee County jail and it wasn't known if she had a lawyer.
Addis says 1-year-old Taniyia (Ta-NI-ah) Gambrell was in a safety seat and 4-year-old Saryia (Sa-RI-ah) Patton-Dean was in a seat belt. Both were pulled out of the vehicle by paramedics after the crash.