Police: Jeep crossed center line causing double fatal accident

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Folly Beach Police Department say that a Jeep crossed the center line which caused an accident that killed two people on Sunday.

According to a department traffic report, 33-year-old Joshua Miller was driving a 2007 Jeep when he crossed the center line and hit a truck driven by 75-year-old businessman Jimmy Minchew. The report states that Miller "was possibly attending to two small children in the backseat" when he crossed the line.

Miller and Minchew both died of blunt force trauma and several others were injured in the crash.

Minchew's wife says she found out her husband was involved in the accident after sitting in traffic and driving up to the accident scene.

"It's been overwhelming with people saying what a wonderful person he was and that's how they got their start in the business from him," Betty Minchew said. "He was a very caring person. He cared about everybody."

Miller was also a business owner and started the How Art Thou Cafe on James island. His children were taken to a hospital after the crash. Officials say Miller's daughter has been released and his son is in good condition.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements are being made for Minchew whose funeral is set to take place in Columbia on Thursday with a public memorial on Folly Beach at a later date.

Minchew's family says the retired man built and sold several beach houses and Mariner's Cay's Condos. The family also owned Congaree Villas in Columbia. Minchew also started Prime South Construction Company a half a century ago. He sold the business just a few years ago and retired.

Minchew leaves a wife, four children, four grandchildren and six great grand children. The family says in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oliver Gospel Mission homeless shelter in Columbia.

Minchew's funeral will be held at the Fish Hatchery Church of God in Columbia at 3 p.m.

The deadly accident happened on Folly Road between Bowen's Island Road and Sol Legare Road. Traffic was shut down for hours. Seven people, including young children, were taken to hospitals.

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