Interstate 26 near mile marker 76 where the accident occurred.
Casey Bouknight - Deputy who comforted young boy involved in fatal car accident.
Newberry, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that left one dead Sunday morning on Interstate 26 in Newberry County.
According to Newberry County Deputy Coroner Melody Reid, 35-year old Sandro Desantiago-Ramirez of Taylors, SC, died on scene.
Lance Corporal Jones says the wreck occurred around 6:45 Sunday morning near mile marker 76 in the eastbound lanes.
According to Highway Patrol, Desantiago-Ramirez was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer and lost control of the vehicle, causing the car to overturn and land on the median of the highway.
Jones says there were three other people in the vehicle. Two passengers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The third passenger, a 9 year old boy, was transported to Palmetto Health with serious injuries.
All of the passengers in the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts.
Coroner Reid said DeSantiago-Reid was the husband and father of the other passengers in the vehicle.
Newberry County Sheriff James Lee Foster had this to say about the wreck:
"There was a horrible accident on I 26 with numerous injuries and a fatality. A child in the car was seriously injured and was screaming and inconsolable. The EMT's and Rescue personnel worked valiantly to free him and get him ready for the hospital.
"As I said a prayer, I noticed Deputy Casey Bouknight kneeling down and talking calmly into his ear and stroking his beautiful black hair until he calmed.
"It broke my heart to see a child, which looked like my son at that age, in so much pain.
"Deputy Bouknight used her law enforcement training, but most importantly her motherly instincts, to calm this child in a nightmarish situation.
"This is why I love the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and am so proud of the staff that serves.
"In closing, we are so blessed that we have the volunteer fire and rescue personnel to leave their homes and families to help people."