CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano released a statement Tuesday following a deadly deputy-involved crash on Savannah Highway.
Stephania Dantzler, 53, Shanice Dantzler-Williams, 28, and Miranda Dantzler-Williams, 22, were killed after a deputy collided with their vehicle just before 11:00 p.m. Sunday.
“Our hearts are broken for the family of Stephania, Shanice and Miranda. A member of my executive staff, a chaplain and I have met with the family, and CCSO is continuing to offer support,” said Sheriff Graziano. “This is a tragic loss for our community. We are committed to reviewing our response policies to ensure we are doing our best to serve the public.”
According to the sheriff’s office, deputy Emily Pelletier was responding to assist another deputy with a disabled motorist on Savannah Highway in the Hollywood area when the crash happened.
Pelletier’s cruiser collided with a sedan in the southbound lanes.
The three victims became entrapped and died at the scene. Meanwhile, Pelletier was extricated from her patrol car and taken to the Medical University of South Carolina with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash resulted in a second collision that involved two other Charleston County deputies and a civilian vehicle.
Sheriff Graziano’s statement comes after community members spoke out, hoping to hear from her.
“With these being three African-American women who lost their lives that night, our community is actually expecting a word from the sheriff. Not in letter form or press release form. But an actual word,” Pastor Thomas Dixon told News 2 before Graziano released her statement.
He went on to say he knows the sheriff cares, but wanted to see more compassion from her.