UPDATE: Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano appeared with members of the Dantzler-Williams and Simmons family, along with their council, on Tuesday where they discussed the ongoing investigation into the deadly deputy-involved Mother’s Day crash.
Sheriff Graziano noted that facts in the case reveal Deputy Emily Pelletier ran a stop sign, hit the vehicle being driven by the family, and caused both vehicles to leave the roadway. She believes speed was a contributing factor in the crash but did not know the exact speed.
She said the South Carolina Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into the deadly crash and is working to compile its reports.
Sheriff Graziano said charges are forthcoming but would not clarify the comment when asked during Tuesday’s news conference. She did note that the sheriff’s office was awaiting SCHP’s reports before making any decisions regarding personnel.
Pelletier’s lights and sirens were not on at the time of the crash, and therefore, the dash camera was not activated, according to the sheriff’s office.
Emily Pelletier is still on paid administrative leave.
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano will provide an update on an internal investigation into a deadly Mother’s Day crash that involved a deputy and three members of the Dantzler-Williams family.
In a series of crashes between late Sunday night and early Monday morning, three Colleton County women were killed and three Charleston County deputies were injured.
The first crash happened around 11:00 p.m. when a deputy was en route to assist a disabled motorist when they collided with another vehicle near New Road.
Limited information on the crash was available; however, several occupants of the civilian vehicle were injured, according to Andrew Knapp, a spokesman from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol announced later that the driver and two passengers of the civilian vehicle were entrapped and died at the scene. The deputy involved, Emily Pelletier, was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina with non-life-threatening injuries.
Whether Pelletier had her emergency lights on or not is part of an ongoing investigation.
“Pelletier was placed on administrative leave with pay as CCSO conducts an internal review,” per protocol, said Knapp.
The victims were later identified as Stephanie Dantzler, 53, Shanice Dantzler-Williams, 28, and Miranda Dantzler-Williams, 22, of Colleton County.
They are from the Green Pond community of Colleton County where Tuesday’s press conference will take place. News 2 will stream that news conference in this story beginning at 3:00 p.m.
This is the second time Sheriff Graziano has spoken publicly about the crash. Graziano spoke about meeting with members of the Dantzler-Williams family and provided an initial update on May 11th.