Early morning accident claims two lives on Hwy 78

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Just a few hours after a deadly accident, family members of the two victims are stunned. "I'm so used to him being there and then I wake up in the morning and he's not," said Linea Watson, whose fiance, 28-year-old Jason Grimsley, was killed in the early Monday morning crash.

"It still feels like I'm still waiting for her to come home, still waiting for her car to pull up," said Brian Williams, whose mother, 50-year-old Andrea Holmes, died in the accident.

Watson says it all began when Grimsley got into an argument with her at their North Charleston apartment over his work situation. Officers say Grimsley pulled a knife and threatened to hurt himself.

"He was really upset and depressed because money has been tight with the economy and everything," Watson said. "He needed to blow off steam, so he grabbed the keys and went and came back."

Police say Grimsley yelled, "Suicide by cop!" before leaving again and this time he didn't come back, so Watson called the cops to find him. Police say Grimsley ignored the blue lights behind him when he crashed into an SUV driven by Holmes. She had just picked up her daughter from work.

Holmes' SUV caught fire. She died on the scene.

"When I found out the news I was just really distraught," Williams said. "I was really upset. If it wasn't for my uncle and my grandfather, my sister and my extended family right here, I don't think I would have made it through the day without them."

Grimsley had to be cut out of his car. He died at MUSC. Two families are now tied together through tragedy. "I don't know what the other family's going through, but if it's anything like what I'm going through, I'm so sorry," Watson said.

"I'm just waiting on her laugh, just waiting on her smiling face again," Williams said. "All I can do is close my eyes and picture. It's just really hard. It's really hard."

Andrea Holmes' daughter was a passenger in her SUV. She was critically injured, but her family says she is expected to recover.

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