Coroner Identifies 2 Killed in Crash on Blossom St. Bridge

4:07 PM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the two people killed in a crash along the Blossom Street Bridge Thursday night.

Watts says Shannon Y. Mickens, 40, and Denzel E. Whyatt Jr., 35, died after an SUV that Whyatt was driving plunged off the bridge into the Congaree River. Previous Coverage: 2 Dead After SUV Goes Off Bridge

Watts says the vehicle was traveling west on the bridge when it swerved, hit the side of the bridge, and went into the water.

Rescuers were able to pull Mickens out of the river, but she later died at the hospital. Whyatt's body was found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the river.

Watts says both of them died from drowning.

Columbia police continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the collision. They are asking for any witnesses or anyone who may have information about the crash to contact them.

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