SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – An 18-year-old man has been charged in a fatal crash that killed three people Sunday afternoon on Nexton Parkway.
The crash, which killed three members of the same family, happened at the corner of Nexton Parkway and Brighton Park around 4:30 p.m.
The Berkeley County Coroner identified the three victims as husband and wife Chad Freeman (49) and Andrea Freeman (48), as well as Chad’s mother, 74-year-old Meredith Freeman. All were from Summerville.
“I came to know the Freeman’s after I became a member of the Summerville Church of Christ,” said Mark Baker, a family friend.
Baker has known Chad and Andrea Freeman for about 25 years.
“The Freemans were one of those rare couples that were just full of God’s love. They never knew a stranger,” he said.
He described the victims: “She was an occupational therapist with the Dorchester school district, he was an engineer with Bosch.”
Authorities say a Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Nexton Parkway while the Freemans were heading south in a Toyota sedan.
The Freemans attempted to turn left onto Brighton Park Blvd., when the Jeep slammed into the passenger side door of the Toyota, killing all three passengers.
“For me, personally, I just felt an immediate loss – it was like losing a family member. I consider them part of my extended family,” said Baker.
He placed a memorial to the family at the corner of the road. He says his heart goes out to the Freeman’s three college and high school-aged daughters.
“Well, I can’t even begin to imagine losing both of your parents at the same time. These girls, they’re wonderful girls but they now have to face life without their parents. There’s a community of people at the church in Summerville, family and friends, that love them as if they were their own and they’re going to come together with those girls and help them get through this.”
Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol announced on Tuesday that 18-year-old Joshua Patrick Wensell (18) of Summerville was arrested is facing three reckless homicide charges.
He is being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center.
On Tuesday evening, Wensell appeared before a judge and was given a $120,000 surety bond.