Police say evidence and eyewitness statements led them to conclude that the Jan. 16th crash was not an accident.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police say a crash on the Blossom Street Bridge that killed two people earlier this year was intentional.
Police released the findings of their final report Thursday afternoon
Denzel E. Whyatt, 35, and Shannon Mickens, 40, died January 16th when the SUV they were in plunged off the bridge into the Congaree River below. Whyatt was driving the vehicle. Rescuers were able to pull Mickens out of the river, but she died at the hospital. Whyatt's body was found inside the vehicle.
The department's traffic safety unit says they did an extensive review of evidence, and concluded it was no accident. They say it was apparent that the driver made no effort to prevent the collision, and actually accelerated through the bridge's guardrail. They say there was no mechanical failure, and eyewitnesses reported that the vehicle did not appear to be out of control before the crash.
Earlier this month, Coroner Gary Watts released a report that Whyatt had a blood alcohol level of .127 at the time of the crash, while Mickens had no alcohol in her system. The legal limit for driving is .08.
Watts' report also found traces of marijuana in both of their bodies.
While police were not able to conclude who was responsible for the crash, they did note in an incident report that Mickens' sister said Mickens had told her in the past that Whyatt had said he was going to drive off the Blossom Street Bridge.
The case is now closed.